They were executed in front of a huge crowd. Both boys showed touching dignity and their youth and beauty moved the crowds but this made the French even more determined to kill them, the last thing they wanted was handsome, dashing fighters on their tail for the next thirty years. And so, they died and Gertrude shrieked with intense pain when a priest came to her, bearing the news. She locked herself in a cloister which had armed guards so no king or emperor could take her again and she, at a still young age, became an abbess. She lived a remarkably long time, until she was over 80 years old. By then, the Hapsburgs took Austria by the sword and became the new rulers and they ruled until WWI.
Margaret's marriage with the Emperor's son collapses. He decides he really wants Agnes after all, she is a year younger than himself. This is another very messy divorce. For the next ten years, the Emperor, his son and Streitbar fight each other, ally with each other and humiliate each other in increasingly bloody confrontations which of course, storm up and down Austria. Sounds like my own family here.
A note at this point: the people in this timeline are what we can easily call, 'The Ruling Class.' Every one of them earned their titles via the sword. Holding their titles involved lots and lots of direct hand to hand combat. Weak kings were killed or assassinated with quick brutality. It is a dog eat peasant world. Various restless tribes which brought down the Roman Empire fell under the control of these heavily interlocked warrior families. Everyone in these families, and there were only several dozen of these families, and they intermarried heavily, often to a very astonishing degree whereby a husband and wife could be cousins, aunts and uncles and stepfathers and stepmothers SIMULTANEOUSLY. Their pedigrees were carefully kept by the Church and tracking their complex sexual interactions is a real headache as well as frightful in its consequences.
1177, Leopold the Pious of Austria marries the daughter of the fierce Mygars of Hungary. His sister, Agnes Babenberger, is married to the king of Hungary. The dynastic marriages get increasingly complicated as now, the Byzantine Emperors are trying to form alliances with the barbarians around them but due to Byzantine palace politics, this always gets screwed up as the women are married off, they often seek revenge on whoever sits on the throne there, this causes many headaches as well as head detachments.
The Old Man of the Mountain in Lebanon sends assassins after everyone, killing the Duke of Bavaria (everyone's uncle in this saga). Agnes of Bohemia meanwhile remained in her convent. But the Emperor, Frederick II, decides she is a real sexy teenager and demands to marry her and forces the King of Bohemia to hand her over. But just like in romances, St. Claire, plutonic love of St. Francis of Assizi, rode swiftly north to save her and she forcibly intervened and stood literally between the crazed Emperor and his prey, thwarting him.
Henry II came along in 1143 and rode to Constantinople on crusade. The Emperor had just killed off his rival and his rival's daughter, Theodora, had to be taken care of. He decided to marry her off to a barbarian. So he sent Henry to her chambers. Her maids and her mother were wailing with fear and horror when he ventured in. Within minutes, he put his sword at the trembling Princess' feet and swore she was the loveliest woman on earth and he would kill anyone who dared to dishonor or upset her.
Both Leopold and Phillip had a great time, toying with him. He was kept in a very isolated castle. His mother was driven to distraction, trying to deal with the political difficulties of springing him. Phillip wanted him penned up because Phillip feared fighting him but delighted in fighting his cowardly brother. And Leopold was cold bloodedly teaching Richard a lesson. In the end, so many people were offering him so much money, he sold his captive for a fine randsom. He then established a community for Jews from Venice, in Styria called, of course, Judenburg (Jewish mountain). He then lives high off the hog on the proceeds which is invested in several enterprises (one of which lost much of it in the end) and decided to host fancy tournaments for the chivalry.
The HRE, Frederick II, was uncle to Streitbar. They hated each other's guts. And didn't hide it one bit, either. Streitbar's older sister, Agnes, marries the son of this Holy Roman Emperor. But alas, the Emperor also hated his own son. And his son hated Margaret who was much older than him. Like nearly 20 years older. And unlike all other Babenbergers, she didn't get the 'sexy' gene, either. She was pretty grim. Behind all this messy family stuff, Leopold, before he died, made what he thought was a nice deal for his dynasty but it really set in motion the disaster that was to destroy everyone: he took in the daughter of the king of Bohemia, Agnes, to teach her courtly manners and graces so she could become the empress.
The Pope hears about Gertrude growing up as a lovely duchess and anxious to stop the eternal and worsening wars in Middle Europe and to weaken the Holy Roman Emperor, his rival in Rome, he has his envoys arrange a marriage of this protected duchess to the son of the King of Bohemia, both children are only 12 years old! Well, Streitbar rode up to Bohemia to arrange the final paperwork of this diplomatic marriage. Of course, he got drunk, got in a fight with King Wenscaslas, called him names and stormed out of the kingdom.
But his wife wanted her own daughter to be empress (Byzantine pride here) so the poor girl was popped into a nunnery. Leopold then told the king of Hungary he would represent him in Rome while negotiating with the Emperor. Louis VIII of France wanted his daughter to marry Frederick II, too. And the Electors of Germany chose poor Agnes. But Leopold persuaded the Emperor to pick his own child and this back stabbing infuriated three major kingdoms that surrounded Austria. But Leopold thought he could handle this because he had the entire Emperor at his beck and call. Only he died in that accident.
We at Free Nations have long provided conclusive proof of the German imperialist nature of the the embryo Euro State and its effective achievement in the last few decades of the 20th century of everything which two world wars failed to deliver. One of the many ways in which this new power over our country, our parliament and our people and the once free nation states of Europe has been achieved is by the drawing of maps. Regionalism undermines nation states. Economic centralism undermines the logic of nation states. EU bureaucratic centralism overrides national Parliaments. On mainland Europe racial and ethnic politics funded by the German Government and based on Nazi founded organizations like the Federal Union of European Ethnic Groups are also exploited to wipe out national boundaries. By eliminating those boundaries Germany can revert to the power of the Volk, (ethnic Germans, wherever they are) to form a new power base.
The futility, fighting and fear within the ruling elites is also an old story that continues to this day. The people within this community do morph over time but also they keep themselves 'pure' by choice marriage. The old elites were nearly destroyed by WWI and WWII and the sexual deviancies within these inbred families leads to uncertainties. We see tragedies like Gertrude today, too, such as poor Princess Di and her ugly divorce and even uglier death. And her death still roils the royals of England for many of the populace still are most suspicious and this grows over time despite all efforts to quell it.
But in 1212, Frederick the Streitbar (stressed out or vicious) was born. He was not only gay as Richard, he loved to brawl and was totally spoiled rotten by his Byzantine Princess mother, being the youngest child. Alas, his handsome and very heterosexual brothers died in the Crusades. His aunt Gertrude, queen of Hungary, was murdered by the nobility there because she wanted to marry her daughte to a Teutonic Knight while her husband was on crusade with her brother. This caused Streitbar a lot of stress and he hated the kings of Hungary the rest of his turbulent life.
She still refused him. He eventually divorced her but Bela and Ottokar split her duchy between them and left her only one castle which overlooked Judenburg. The Jewish community felt her sorrow and pain and protected her and protected her children. So she lived a simple but well cared for life. Her son was a dashing, handsome lad. His mother has intense pride in him. Alas for her, he becomes close friends with the grandson of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II. Canada Goose Thompson Jacket Australia When Conradin, the heir to the Empire and Frederick III, hier to Austria, rode off to fight in Italy when they were only 15 years old. The battles over Rome raged but alas for poor Gertrude, both boys were captured by Papal forces.
Streitbar agreed. He loved her more than anyone. So he did as she wished. The Emperor was enraged and swore he would take her by force. The Archbishop rode off to Thuringa to her step father, Henry Raspe and offered him the crown of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1246, armies clash at the Battle of Lietha where the Streitbar is slain byt the King of Hungary. The Bela got his revenge. But he was also faster than the Emperor and rode to the castle where the young duchess was ensconced and he took her by force and married her to his son, Vladislav who was 19 years old, like her. The fighting and rough riding made the young prince ill and he suddenly died in her arms right after the wedding.
In these presentations, Germany dominates the area called "Middle Europe" as the country with the largest population. Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands are excluded. Denmark, Spain, Italy and Portugal also do not belong to "Middle Europe". Former Yugoslavia up to the Albanian frontier and thirteen other states in Eastern Europe do. According to the themes developed "areas historically ruled by the predominantly German speaking states" are the most "suitable" for inclusion in the "The cultural space (Kulturraum) of Middle Europe". The accompanying charts designate parts of France, Denmark, the whole of Luxemburg, Switzerland and upper Italy to the political fiction of a German dominated centre. Naturally, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary are taken into the project. Various areas are claimed as part of "Middle Europe" because they were originally part of the German Reich, "quite separately" from their later conquest by the Nazis.
Out of this entire generation of Babenbergers, only the eldest son, Henry, had a child, a lovely girl. She never saw her father who died on the crusades. She was raised by her crazy uncle who found himself ruler of this troubled, difficult land while still a teenager. He doted on his niece and loved her and only her. He was instantly married off to yet another Byzantine princess. They never consumated their marriage and it was a very loud, messy divorce. Meanwhile, Gertrude's mother ran off with a Teutonic Knight (wild sex time here), Henry Raspe of Thuringia (he is briefly and bloodily, the Emperor).
The Pope, at war with the Emperor, was very distressed by this, he didn't want the Emperor to control the North/South passes in the Alps nor the East/West trade routes so he put out a letter accusing the Emperor of murdering his previous three wives. Of course, Henry VIII of England beat him in this bloody battle of the sexes. But the main thing is, an Archbishop was sent post haste to see Gertrude who had no idea of what was going on until this harried old man, red in the cheeks from his hurry, rushed up to her rooms in the tower. She is preparing her wardrobe for the coronation/wedding. The maids were sent from the room and as doves flew from the window sill and the scent of roses graced the room, the weeping Archbishop showed her the Pope's personal letter to her. She recoiled in fear as he told her step by step, how each empress begged for help, how they told their families how they were in prison, unable to go out of the harem. How they mysteriously died.
A Short History Of The Tragic Babenberger Dynasty Of Austria
That March, the Mongols entered Hungary and killed nearly everyone except for the King who fought them with tremendous bravery. The Queen and daughters flee to Austria but had to hand over all the crown jewels for protection. The Mongols had to chase poor Bela, king of Hungary, all over the Yugoslavian countryside while he successfully evading them. So they decided to attack Vienna and off they went to fight the deranged Streitbar in Austria. After just one foray into Austria which the wild Streitbar repelled successfully, they were suddenly called back to Mongolia because the succession of rule had to be decided with the death of Ogedei Khan. Of course, the Duke of Austria didn't know this, he imagined they gave up because of his wild, relentless fighting. This boosted his already out of control ego no end.
732 Charles Martel defeats the Muslims at the famous Battle of Tours. He immediately sets out to take over all of Central Europe all the way to Vienna. At this time, most of Germany was overrun by Teutonic tribes which worshipped Wotan. But thanks to Martel controlling the passes, Roman priests could penetrate into the wild forests in the north and by 755, St. Boniface managed to convert the key rulers of the German tribes but when he tried to change the Frisians who were pirates, he was killed, unsurprisingly, by them.
We saw a perfect tidalwave of blood shed during the 20th Century over the lines on the map of Europe, lines drawn long ago and disputed for centuries. To this day, Vienna is the hingepin of Europe. Radiating out of it are many paths, many roads, many historical forces. When we see events today, they are like plucking strings of this vast instrument of tremendous age. The pipeline disputes between Russia and Belarus cause resonating discords in Vienna and are transmitted beyond to Germany and France.