Since I began writing my family history blog, I have published very little regarding my connections to The Royal Houses of Europe, possibly because so much of it is out in the public domain already and many of the names need little in a way of introduction.
Some of these connections though are interesting for many reasons, like King István V of Hungary (1239 – 1272), (English; Stephen V), he appears in my ancestry as my 23rd great-grandfather, and 7th great-grandfather to the infamous Vlad Ţepeş III ‘the Impaler’ Dracula “Prince of Wallachia” DRÁCULESTI (1431 – 1476).
István was the eldest son, and the sixth child of King Béla IV and Maria Laskarina. King Béla appointed his son Duke of Transylvania in 1257 and Duke of Styria in 1258, he was crowned King of Hungary on or before 17th May 1270, his reign was short-lived and lasted only two years, his death is recorded on the 6th August 1272.
The family lived during a time of war with the powerful invading mongul armies that annihilated the lands of Hungary in 1241, and civil war and unrest tore the family apart.
István married Erzsébet of the Cuman’s in 1253, his wife was aged just nine years of age, whilst he was fifteen, she bore him six children, all four of his daughter’s became queens, his eldest son, King and his youngest a Duke.
My Descent from King István of Hungary
daughter of Istvan ‘Stephen’ V “King of Hungary” ÁRPÁD
daughter of Maria “Princess of Hungary” ÁRPÁD
daughter of Eleonore di NAPOLI
son of Elizabeth ‘of Aragón’ “Princess of Sicily” di PALERMO
daughter of Stephen III “Duke of Bavaria” von WITTELSBACH
daughter of Isabella “Princess of Bavaria” von WITTELSBACH
son of Catherine “Princess of France” de VALOIS
son of Sir David ‘of Midhurst’ OWEN
son of Sir Henry ‘of Midhurst’ OWEN
son of Thomas ‘of Midhurst’ OWEN
son of Thomas ‘of Broadwater’ OWEN
son of John ‘of Petworth & Ticehurst’ OWEN
son of Thomas ‘of Burwash & Brighton’ OWEN
son of William ‘of Burwash’ OWEN
daughter of Thomas OWEN
daughter of Mary OWEN
daughter of Ann ANDREW
son of Ann RUSBRIDGE
daughter of Napper CHALLEN
daughter of Martha CHALLIN
son of Hannah HARRIS
daughter of William Richard TAYLOR
daughter of Doris Margery TAYLOR
daughter of Joyce Margery PLASKETT
I am the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN