Henry VI, Count of Gorizia
Henry VI (1376–1454), a member of the House of Gorizia (Meinhardiner dynasty), ruled as Count of Gorizia from 1385 until his death. He was also Count Palatine of Carinthia (a hereditary title), governor of Belluno-Feltre and Landeshauptmann of Carniola. Through his first marriage with Elizabeth of Cilli, he was the brother-in-law of Sigismund of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary.
|Count of Gorizia|
|Noble family||House of Gorizia|
|Spouse(s)||Elisabeth of Celje|
Catherine of Gara
|Father||Meinhard VI of Gorizia|
|Mother||Utehild of Mätsch|
Henry's parents were Count Meinhard VI and his wife, Utehild of Mätsch. His father had outlived his elder brother and became sole ruler in 1365. Upon his death about 1385, Henry succeeded him as Count of Gorizia (Görz). His estates went into a rapid decline, as he turned out to be an "incurable drunkard and gambler".
Since Henry's cousin Countess Margaret had bequeathed her Tyrolean estates to the Habsburg duke Rudolf IV of Austria in 1363, the Counts of Gorizia were thrown back on their original possessions around Gorizia and Lienz (Bruck Castle). Henry likewise concluded an inheritance treaty with the Habsburg dynasty; this didn't go down well with his other neighbours, the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria and the Republic of Venice.
Marriages and issueEdit
Henry was engaged with Elizabeth (d. 1392), a daughter of the Habsburg duke Leopold III of Austria. However, on 31 January 1400 he married another Elizabeth (d. 1426), a younger daughter of Count Herman II of Celje. Through this marriage, he eventually became the brother in law of the Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg.
With Elisabeth, he had two daughters:
- Anna, married to Brunoro della Scala (d. 1437)
- Margaret (d. 1450), married Count John of Oettingen-Wallerstein (d. 1449)
After Elizabeth's death, Henry married Catherine (Katalin; d. 1471/83), a daughter of the Hungarian palatine Nicholas II Garai. He was described as a "rugged opponent" of Catherine, as she was politically inclined to side with the Habsburgs, while he was siding with the Celje relatives of his first wife. He had three sons with Catherine: