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Adolf, Duke of Guelders

Adolf, Duke of Guelders

Duke of guelders and count of zutphen
The basics
AKA Adolf van Egmond
Date of birth Grave, North Brabant, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Date of death Jun 27, 1477 Tournai, Arrondissement of Tournai, Hainaut, Wallonia
Sister(s): Mary of Guelders Catherine of Guelders
Mother: Catherine of Cleves
Father: Arnold, Duke of Guelders
Spouse: Catharine of Bourbon
Children: Philippa of Guelders Charles II, Duke of Guelders
Awards Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
Authority VIAF id
The details

Adolf of Egmond (Grave, February 12, 1438 – Tournai, June 27, 1477) was a Duke of Guelders, Count of Zutphen from 1465–1471 and in 1477.

He was the son of Arnold, Duke of Guelders and Catherine of Cleves.

In the battle of succession for Guelders, he imprisoned in 1465 his own father and became Duke with the support of Philip the Good, who also made him Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1468 he won the Battle of Straelen against Cleves, but Charles the Bold reinstated his father Arnold, and Adolf was imprisoned in Hesdin.
After the death of Charles the Bold in 1477, he was liberated by the Flemish.
He died the same year at the head of a Flemish army besieging Tournai, after the States of Guelders had recognized him as Duke. His body was buried in Tournai Cathedral.

Family and issue

Adolf married Catharine of Bourbon (1440–1469), daughter of Charles I, Duke of Bourbon, in 1463. They had twin children :

  • Philippa (1467–1547), married in 1485 René II, Duke of Lorraine (1451–1508)
  • Charles (1467–1538), later Duke of Guelders, married in 1518 with Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1494–1572), daughter of Henry I of Lüneburg.


Adolf, Duke of Guelders
House of Egmond
Born: 12 February 1438 Died: 27 June 1477
Preceded by
Duke of Guelders
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles the Bold
Duke of Guelders
Succeeded by
Mary of Burgundy
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