- Leopold IV, Duke of Bavaria
Leopold IV, "the Generous" (c. 1108–
October 18, 1141) was Margrave of Austriafrom 1136 and Duke of Bavariafrom 1139 until his death.
He was one of the younger sons of Margrave Leopold III, the Holy. It is not known why he was originally preferred to his brothers Adalbert and Henry Jasomirgott.
Through his mother Agnes, he was related to the
Hohenstaufen. In the course of their struggle against the competing Welfenfamily, he was given the formerly Welfish Bavariaas a fief by Emperor Conrad III. He managed to maintain his position there, as his brother Otto was Bishop of Freisingthere.
The most important measure of his short reign was the "Exchange of
Mautern" entered into with the Bishop of Passauin 1137. The bishop was given the Church of St. Peter in Vienna, while the Margrave received extended stretches of land from the bishop outside the city walls, with the notable exception of the territory where a new church was to be built, which was to become St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Leopold died at
Niederaltaich( Bavaria) unexpectedly and was succeeded by his brother Henry.
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