Helena of Hungary, Queen of Croatia
|Helen of Hungary|
|Queen consort of Croatia|
|Father||Béla I of Hungary|
|Mother||Richeza of Poland|
Helen was born as a Hungarian princess and was the daughter of Árpád dynasty's king Bela I, sister to Ladislaus I of Hungary, granddaughter of Polish king Mieszko II Lambert, and a great-granddaughter of Tsar Samuel of Bulgaria.
Helen became queen of Croatia during her marriage with Croatian king Demetrius Zvonimir, a distant relative whom she married in 1063. They had a son named Radovan, who died in his late teens or early twenties, and daughters named Claudia and Vinica.
Helen was very popular with the Croats, and they often called her Jelena Lijepa ("Helen the Beautiful"). She is thought to have been an influential consort.
Upon the death of Zvonimir, Helen was said to have been quietly plotting the inheritance of the Croatian Crown for her brother, the King of Hungary, which caused a decade of war and instability in the kingdom, resulting in the personal union of Croatia and Hungary that lasted until 1918. Helen died around 1091.
- Codex Diplomaticus Croatiæ, Vol. I, CCXI, p. 177.
- Monumenta Historiam Slavorum Meridionalium, Vol. VII, Acta, 121, p. 146.
- Family of king Dmitar Zvonimir
- Zdravka Jelaska Marijan: "Dolazak ugarskoga kralja"