Leopold VI. (Austria)

Leopold VI., the glorious one (* 1176; † 28. July 1230 in San Germano) originated from the sex of the Babenberger. He was duke of Austria 1198 - 1230 and the Steiermark 1194 - 1230.

Leopold was the youngerSon of the duke Leopold V. Against the regulations of the Georgenberger strong one Leopolds V. became after death. the rule divided: Leopolds older brother Friedrich I. Austria ( in the today's linguistic usage down and upper Austria ) received, while Leopold took over the Steiermark. The two duchies were reunited,as Friedrich after only four years surprisingly died.

Leopold VI. participated in two crusades (at the Albigenserkreuzzug 1212 and at the failed crusade 1217 - 1221) and tried just like its predecessors to open by the establishment of new monasteries the country. Its most well-known establishment is Lily field in the down-Austrian valley of the Traisen, where it lies also buried. Besides it in addition, the then ultramodern begging medals ( Franziskaner, Dominikaner ) favoured. Into the same direction the establishment of new cities and the award go of municipal rights (1212 Enns, 1221 Vienna, that under it also an important extension experienced and its surface more than doubled).

Under it the first Ausläufer of the gothic began to reach Austria - the Capella Speciosa in its temporary residence monastery new castle is considered as the first gothical affected building in the Danube area - todaya reconstruction of it is located in the lock park of Laxenburg.

Under it babenbergische Austria reached the zenith of its reputation, its marriage with the Byzantine princess Theodora Angeloi gives of it certification, just like its switching attempt between the emperor Friedrich II. and the Pope, during thatit 1230 in Italy died.

It had seven children, under others the daughters Margarethe of Babenberg and Constantia of Austria.

Admits is its yard as center of the Minnesangs, here worked among other things roll ago from the bird pasture, envy-hard from regret valley and Ulrich ofLiechtenstein. Also the Nibelungenlied was written possibly here.


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