: I. Imre
: Emerik I. /Mirko
: Imrich I.
), (1174 – 30 September/30 November 1204), King of Hungary
and Croatia (1182–1204). He was crowned during his father's lifetime, but after his father's death he had to fight against his brother, Andrew
, who forced Emeric to assign the government of Croatia and Dalmatia to him. Emeric intervened in the internal struggles of the neighbouring countries and assisted the missionary work of the papal legates among the Bogumils
. During his reign, the Doge of Venice
, Enrico Dandolo
, managed to persuade the leaders of the Fourth Crusade
to occupy and take Zára
Emeric was the eldest son of King Béla III of Hungary
and his first wife, Agnes of Antioch
. His father had Emeric crowned on 16 May 1182 in order to ensure his succession. Emeric was betrothed to Agnes, the daughter of Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
, but her premature death in 1184 prevented their marriage.
Emeric was crowned again in 1194, and his father appointed him as Duke of Croatia
. In his last will, King Béla III left his kingdom undivided to Emeric, while his younger son, Andrew
, inherited a large amount of money in order to fulfill his father's Crusader
Struggles with his......