Henry II of Haense
Henry Charles Barbanov (Common: Henry Charles; High Imperial: Henricus Carolus; New Marian: Heinrik Karl), (11 Amber Cold, 1791–present), regally known as Henry II, is the eighteenth King of Hanseti and Ruska. Henry was born as the eldest son of Joseph I of Haense and Isabel of Valwyck thus making him Grand Prince of Kusoraev. During his tenure as Grand Prince; he assumed the position of Prince-Regent following a heart attack that incapacitated his father. King Joseph I would die several months after his original incapacitation, causing the grand prince to ascend to the crown at the age of fifteen.
In the year 1805, King Joseph I, the father of Henry, fell into a coma following a heart attack. At the time, the Grand Prince was only fifteen, having just reached majority. The Prince therefore received the title of Prince-Regent to govern in the name of his father.
The reign of Henry II as King of Hanseti-Ruska began with an auspicious sign. During the coronation of the young king, as he was imbued with the Biharian Crown a large tremor shook the cathedral and all of Almaris. After a few moments, peace was restored and the king took the shaking as a sign of good-will for his reign. In the aftermath of the ceremony, it was revealed that one of the attendees, the Rex of Krugmar Zhot’rax, had arrested the diplomat of Elvenesse as an assassin. The newly-crowned King allowed for the Rex to take this diplomat back to Krugmar to be dealt with appropriately.
Diet of Karosgrad
The first major act in the regency of Prince Henry was the Haeseni involvement in the 1806 Diet of Karosgrad--a meeting of the clergymen of the Church of the Canon to stand as a jury for the accusations against controversial High Pontiff Owyn III. During the diet, the clergy was divided into two major- and near-equally numbered factions: the faction in favor of maintaining the current pontificate (composed mostly of Albarosan and Orenian clergymen, led by Alfred Barclay, Patriarch of Jorenus), and the faction opposed to Owyn III's pontificate (composed mostly of Haeseni clergymen, led by Cyril Cardinal St. Publius). Due to several members of the opposition faction being absent during the vote of conviction, the high pontiff was found not guilty by only a handful of votes.
It was upon this vote that Henry and the representative of the Holy Orenian Emperor, Archchancellor Franz de Sarkozy, stood from their seats and demanded they be made co-chairmen of the diet. The chairman of the Diet, Patriarch Alfred, refused to relinquish his power, as the diet was a Church affair. When the patriarch refused the demands of the king and the archchancellor, the soldiers of both nations (present to quell the possibility of riots, as had been an issue in previous church events under Owyn III) marched into the Basilica of Saint Henrik to enforce the demands of the two men.
As the soldiers of the Haeseni Royal Army and the Imperial State Army rushed into the basilica, the militia of the Church rushed to defend the loyalist clergymen, who refused to revoke the decision that had been voted for. The clergymen opposed to High Pontiff Owyn were escorted from the building by soldiers of the prince regent. As the clergymen of the opposition were escorted from the building, the loyalist clergymen attempted to leave, which the king and archchancellor ordered not to happen until another vote was cast in their favor.
The loyalists clergymen began to resist with violence, shouting that they would rather die martyrs than have the nations of Haense and Oren intervene in the trial of a high pontiff. The soldiers of the Haeseni Royal Army and the Imperial State Army reacted quickly, with force, causing the deaths of several clergymen. All those not killed were placed under arrest; excluding then-Vice Chancellor of the Church, Manfried Cardinal Providentia (future High Pontiff Jude II, successor of Owyn III), whom escaped with a collection of fellow clerics and holy knights.
Titles, Styles and Honors
Titles and Styles
- 1791-1806: His Royal Highness The Grand Prince of Kusoraev
- 1806-1837: His Royal Majesty The King of Hanseti and Ruska
- 1837-1868: His Royal Majesty The King-Abdicant & Count of Markev
Full title as King of Hanseti-Ruska
The official title of Henry II is: His Royal Majesty Heinrik II, by the Grace of Godan King of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Bihar, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Duke of Carnatia, Margrave of Korstadt and Rothswald, Count of Chatnik, Nenzing, Graiswald, Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, Kaunas, Alban, Reza and Markev, Viscount of Grauspin, Baron of Antioch, Thurant, Rytsburg, Venzia, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera.
|Princess Petra Emma, Duchess of Karosgrad, Princess Royal||2nd of the Amber Cold, 1812||1856||Yvo Mondblume, Baron of Richtenburg||Firstborn daughter of Henry II and Mariya of Aurveldt.|
|Sigismund III, King of Hanseti-Ruska||9th of the Deep Cold, 1815||11th of the Grand Harvet 1873||Emma of Jerovitz||Firstborn son and successor to Henry II and Mariya of Aurveldt.|
|Prince Andrik Nikolas, Duke of Akovia||11th of The Deep Cold, 1826||11th of The Deep Cold, 1870||Nikoleta Barbara Bihar-Kovachev (d.1845)||Son of Henry II and Annika of Reza, Twin of Anastasia.|
|Princess Anastasia Isabella, Baroness of Antioch||11th of The Deep Cold, 1826||11th of The Deep Cold, 1870||Eirik, Duke of Valwyck||Daughter of Henry II and Annika of Reza, Twin of Andrew.|
|Prince Marus Aleksandr, Duke of Alban||9th of The Deep Cold, 1829||1854||Henrietta Theresé of Cathalon||Son of Henry II and Annika of Reza|