Margaret of Sicily
(also called Margaret of Hohenstaufen
or Margaret of Germany
) (b. Foggia
, 1 December 1241 – d. Frankfurt-am-Main
, 8 August 1270), was a Princess of Sicily and Germany, and a member of the House of Hohenstaufen
. By marriage she was Landgravine of Thuringia and Countess Palatine of Saxony (German: Landgräfin von Thüringen und Pfalzgräfin von Sachsen
She was the daughter of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
, King of Sicily and Germany, by his third wife, Isabella of England
. Her paternal grandparents were Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
and Constance of Sicily
. Her maternal grandparents were John of England
and Isabella of Angoulême
The date of her birth is difficult to ascertain because there is controversy over the exact number of children borne by her mother. Some sources say that she was the last child, born in December 1241, when Isabella died in childbirth. Historians commonly accept the latter date.
Shortly after her birth (1242), Margaret was betrothed to Albert "the Degenerate"
, eldest son and heir of Henry III "the Illustrious"
, Margrave of Meissen
. The marriage took place in June 1255, the bride receiving Pleissnerland
(the towns of Altenburg
) as her dowry.
The couple settled at his residence in......