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Thaarason II Lepitamatu
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A portrait of Thaarason II from shortly before the civil war; the cross he is drawn as wearing is likely the one whose desecration symbolically initiated the Crusade.
Duke of Livonia, Count of Latgalia
Reign 1440 - 1445
Coronation 1440
Predecessor Alev I
Successor Vesse II
House Lepitamatu
Father Tharaason I
Born 1420
Ingristadt, Livonia
Died 1445

Thaarason II, commonly called Thaarason the Pagan or Thaarason King-Killer, was the fourth Duke of Livonia, succeeding his father, Alev I. He was Alev's illegitimate son; he defeated his half-brother, Artur, in a civil war for the throne. The lack of support from Livonian Christians led him to conduct a purge of them from his country, triggering a crusade and a Livonian revolt, led by him, against their feudal overlord, the Danish King. He died shortly after his defeat of this crusade, leaving government in the hands of his widow, Vaisvilka.