WI: Wittelsbach Hungary

In 1301, the Hungarian crown was offered to Otto, duke of Lower Bavaria, grandson of prior king Béla IV of Hungary; Otto didn't accept until 1305, however. Wencesalus III of Bohemia, Otto's rival, renounced the Hungarian throne, and Otto arrived in Buda in disguise.

Otto was crowned king, taking the name Béla V. His reign was troubled from the beginning, as his opponent Charles of Anjou took several critical cities, including Buda. In 1307 Otto went to the Voivode of Transylvania (to seek help?) and promptly got himself imprisoned. Otto abdicated the following year after being released and returned to Lower Bavaria.

Is it possible to salvage Otto's "reign", and get a stable Wittelsbach Hungary for at least a century or two?

@Jan Olbracht @Fehérvári @Kellan Sullivan
 
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I only know very little about this, so I'm not sure what there is to change here. Maybe Otto is able to get more of the nobles on his side earlier, beefing up his armies and allowing him to defeat the Angevins?

On the consequences side, all this could be very important if Louis IV is still elected Holy Roman Emperor in a few years.
 
Pope Boniface VIII supported Charles of Anjou as the legitimate ruler of Hungary in 1303, with the Pope dying later in the year. If he dies just a few months earlier, how much does this help Otto's case?
 
Pope Boniface VIII supported Charles of Anjou as the legitimate ruler of Hungary in 1303, with the Pope dying later in the year. If he dies just a few months earlier, how much does this help Otto's case?
Considering that Boniface's successor was the one who moved the papacy to Avignon and essentially became Philippe le Bel's lapdog, I don't see papal support for Otto-Béla being forthcoming against a Capetian rival.

Maybe Boniface never gets elected? If your POD is back in Adolf's reign, perhaps a different candidate is chosen to either St. Celestine or Boniface
 
There is something to be considered. Hungary at this time was barely united, ruled by powerful oligarchs, royal power was extremely weak. Charles of Anjou proved to be a very capable ruler who beat the nobles in line and centralized royal power.

Looking at Otto's OTL track record, I cannot really see him do this, so a Wittelsbach Hungary at best would mean an extremely weak state.
 
There is something to be considered. Hungary at this time was barely united, ruled by powerful oligarchs, royal power was extremely weak. Charles of Anjou proved to be a very capable ruler who beat the nobles in line and centralized royal power.

Looking at Otto's OTL track record, I cannot really see him do this, so a Wittelsbach Hungary at best would mean an extremely weak state.
That would seem to make him even more popular for the nobles, a weak ruler who won't challenge the magnates any time soon.
 
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