History - OnThisDay - October 16th. 1374 - Margaret of Burgundy

Although the exact date of birth of Margaret of Burgundy is unknown,
some sources refer her birth as October 16th. 1374. This took place at
Montbard (then a part of the Duchy of Burgundy now located in France).


Margaret of Burgundy was a daughter of Philip II, Duke of Burgundy
and Margaret III, Countess of Flanders. She was inter alia the sister of
John the Fearless.

Love and Marriage

On April 12th. 1385 a double wedding took place in Cambrai. 
Margaret of Burgundy married William II of Bavaria and her brother,
John the Fearless married Margaret of Bavaria, William's sister.

Margaret and William would have one daughter:
Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut. 


Margaret of Burgundy had a lot of political influence over her husband.
William II of Bavaria ruled both Holland and Hainaut but the couple
preferred Holland to spend most of their time. 

In the 1410's Margaret was granted several towns and castles as her
personal fiefs.

In 1417 William died of a dog bite and Jacqueline would inherit his 
land with the exception of Bavaria. 


On March 8th. 1441, Margaret of Burgundy died at Le Quesnoy. She
lived thus longer than her daughter, her only child.... 

Source picture:Wikipedia

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