Book of Saints – Henry the Emperor

stained glass window of Saint Henry II; 1802, artist unknown; parish church, Providence of God, Jaworze, Poland; photographed on 2 July 2013 by Hons084; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Emperor. (July 15) (11th century) Descended on both his father’s and his mother’s side from Charlemagne, Henry, son of the Duke of Bavaria, was born A.D. 972, and educated by Saint Wolfgang of Ratisbon. Elected Emperor (A.D. 1002) and crowned in Rome by Pope Benedict VIII (A.D. 1015), Henry married Saint Chunegunda, making however with her a pact of life-long continence. Saint Henry was a sagacious ruler and contrived more or less to maintain peace in Germany and in Italy. He however strenuously and successfully asserted his rights against the powerful rebel Ardoin. He fostered the commerce of his country, giving privileges and charters to the cities, and overawing the arrogant feudal barons. His justice tempered with mercy made him universally popular. He respected the rights and possessions of the Church and aided the Bishops in their work of reform. After a long and prosperous reign, he passed away, July 15, A.D. 1024, and was buried in the Cathedral at Bamberg, a church and Bishopric he had himself founded.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Henry the Emperor”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 May 2016. Web. 20 February 2019. <>