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Stephen of Hungary

c.975-1038. First king of Hungary. Baptized as a boy at the same time as his father, Duke Geza, by Adalbert of Prague,* he married Gisela, sister of the emperor. After succeeding to his father's dukedom he received a royal crown from Pope Sylvester II,* and in 1001 was made the first king of Hungary. He worked hard to convert his people to Christianity, founding both episcopal sees and monasteries. Unfortunately his last years were inglorious due to personal ill- health and quarrels about the succession to the throne. He was canonized in 1083, as was also his son Emeric (Imre) who was killed in a hunting accident.