|Thaarason II Lepitamatu|
|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|
|Born|| 1420 |
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.