Son of the Hungarian Duke Álmos, brother of Hungarian King Koloman I the
In 1131, Béla II was crowned and the first thing he did – ordered a massacre of those responsible for his blinding. Chronicles mention 68 executed persons.
Since the beginning of his government, Béla II conflicted with his relative Boris (who gained the support of Polish Duke Bolesław III) for the Hungarian throne. After Béla’s victory near the Sajó River on June 22, 1132, he finally consolidated his position on the Hungarian throne. Making use of the King’s blindness, his wife Jelena played a decisive role in governing the kingdom. With the Queen’s assistance her brother Beloš headed the Hungarian army. Under his command, the Hungarian troops recovered parts of Dalmatia (1136) and Bosnia (1137) to the kingdom, and underage László, the King’s son, became its Duke. In 1139 the