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Maria Lascarina

Lithuanian: Marija Laskaris, Polish: Maria Laskarina
Also Known As: "Мария Арпад Ласкарина"
Birthplace: Nicaea, Bursa, Turkey
Death: June 24, 1270 (63-64)
Esztergom, Komárom-Esztergom, Hungary
Place of Burial: Esztergom, Komárom-Esztergom, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Theodoros I, Emperor of Nicaea and Anna Komnena Angelina
Wife of Bela IV Péter Árpád, IV.
Mother of Margit Árpád(házi); Saint Kinga / Cunegunda, Princess of Poland; Anna Arpad, princess of Hungary; Katalin Árpád(házi), princess of Hungary; Elizabeth of Hungary, duchess of Bavaria and 5 others
Sister of Eudoxia Komnene Angelina; Eirene Laskarina; Nikolaos Laskaris and Iōannēs Laskaris
Half sister of Konstantinos Lascaris, duke of Thrakesion and Theodora Angelina

Occupation: Princess of Byzantium, Queen Consort of Hungary.
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About Maria Lascarina


She was a younger sister of Irene Lascarina, first Empress consort of John III Doukas Vatatzes. Theodore married his eldest daughter to his designated heir in 1212. Theodore was widowed in the same year and proceeded to marriages with Philippa of Armenia and Marie de Courtenay. However John was never displaced in succession.

As a younger daughter, the marriage of Maria was not intended to add a potential husband in the line of succession to the throne. Instead it secured a marital alliance with the Kingdom of Hungary.

In 1218, Maria was married to prince Béla of Hungary. Bride and groom were about twelve-years-old. Her husband was the eldest son of Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Merania.

Andrew II died on 26 October 1235. The crown prince succeeded him as Béla IV and Maria became his Queen consort. Béla reigned for thirty-five years and died on 3 May 1270. Maria survived him by about two months.


Maria and Béla IV of Hungary had ten children:

  • Margaret of Hungary (c. 1220 - 20 April 1242). Married Guillaume de Saint-Omer. Her husband is often listed in genealogies as "Lord of Thebes". However he might be confused with Bela de Saint-Omer, an older brother who held the title jure uxoris.
  • Kunegunda of Hungary (5 March 1224 - 24 July 1292), also known as Kinga. She was married to King Boleslaus V of Poland, after his death becoming a nun and abbess; she was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1999.
  • Anna of Hungary (c. 1226 - after 1270). Married Rostislav of Slavonia.
  • Catherine of Hungary. (c. 1229 - 1242). She died while fleeing with her family following the Battle of Mohi.
  • Elizabeth of Hungary (c. 1236 - 24 October 1271). Married Henry XIII, Duke of Bavaria.
  • Constance of Hungary (c. 1237 - after 1252). Married Leo I of Halych.
  • Yolanda of Hungary (c. 1238 - 1298). Married Boleslaus of Greater Poland. Later became a nun and abbess, who has been declared as a candidate for sainthoood.
  • Stephen V of Hungary (December, 1239 - 6 August 1272).
  • Saint Margaret of Hungary (27 January 1242 - 18 January 1271). Named after an older sister. Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1943, for whom Margaret Island in Budapest is named, having been the place where a royal monastery was established by her parents for her.
  • Béla, Duke of Slavonia, Croatia and Dalmatia (c. 1243 - 1269). Married Kunigunde of Brandenburg, a daughter of Otto III, Margrave of Brandenburg. His widow married Waleran IV of Limburg.


2. MARIA Laskarina (-16 or 24 Jul 1270, bur Esztergom). Georgius Akropolites names "Irene, Maria et Eudocia" as the three daughters of "Theodorum Lascarim imperatorem…ex Anna uxore", stating that "Mariam secundam" married "Ungariæ regis…filio", his father arranging the marriage on his journey back from Jerusalem[59]. Ephræmius records that "Anna regina coniuge Lascario" had three daughters "Irene et Maria et Eudocia", recording that "Mariam…natu secundo" married "regis Paeoniæ filio"[60]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records that "rex Bela, regis Andree filius primogenitus" married one of the daughters (mentioned third) of "Lascarum Grecum"[61]. The Historia Salonitanorum of Thomas Archdeacon of Split records that András II King of Hungary arranged the marriage of "suo filio primogenito Bele" and "Lascaro rege Grecorum…filiam eius" while he was in Greece[62]. The Annales Polonorum record the death in 1270 of "regina Ungarorum Maria, mater domine Kinge"[63]. The necrology of Oberaltaich records the death "IX Kal Aug" of "Maria regina Ungarie"[64]. The necrology of Seligenthal records the death "XVII Kal Aug" of "Maria regina Ungarie"[65]. The Altahenses Annales record that "Maria regina Ungarie" died after her husband "non post longum tempus"[66]. The Chronicon Dubnicense records that "consorte sua Maria…filia imperatoris Grecorum" was buried with her husband "rex Bela" in "Strigony in ecclesia fratrum minorum"[67].

m (1218) BÉLA of Hungary, son of ANDRÁS II King of Hungary & his first wife Gertrud von Andechs-Merano (Nov 1206-Margaret Island, near Buda 3 May 1270, bur Esztergom). He succeeded his father in 1235 as BÉLA IV King of Hungary.


The Laskaris family

One Manuel Laskaris, *ca 1140; m.Ioanna Karatzaina (*ca 1148) and had issue:* ...

  • A5. Theodoros I Komnenos Laskaris, Emperor of Nicea (1205-22), *1175, +VIII.1222; 1m: 1199 Anna Komnena Angelina (*ca 1156 +1212); 2m: 1214 (div 1216) Philippa (*1183, +after 1219) dau.of Rupen III of Armenia, Lord of the Mountains; 3m: 1219 Marie de Courtenay (*1204 +IX.1222)
    • B1. [1m.] Nikolaos, +ca 1212
    • B2. [1m.] Ioannes, +ca 1212
    • B3. [1m.] Eirene Dukaina Komnene Laskarina, +1239; 1m: 1212 Konstantinos Dukas Palaiologos (+1212); 2m: ca 1212 Ioannes III Dukas Batatzes, Emp of Byzantium in Nicaea (*ca 1192 +Nymphaion 3.11.1254)
    • B4. [1m.] Maria Laskarina, *Nicaea ca 1206, +1270; m.1218 King Bela IV of Hungary (*1206 +3.5.1270)
    • B5. [1m.] Eudokia Laskarina; engaged to Robert de Courtenay; m.before 1230 Anseau de Cayeux, Gov of Asia Minor
    • B6. [2m.] Konstantinos Laskaris, Duke of Thrace, *1214
  • ...

  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: Aug 23 2017, 12:48:18 UTC
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Maria Lascarina's Timeline

Nicaea, Bursa, Turkey
March 5, 1224
Esztergom, Komárom-Esztergom, Hungary
Buda, Pest, Kingdom of Hungary
Buda, Pest, Kingdom of Hungary
October 18, 1239
Buda, Pest, Hungary
January 27, 1242
Klissza - Klis, Hungary (now Croatia)
Esztergom, Komárom-Esztergom megye, Hungary