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Matilda of Hesse

German noblewoman
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death Feb 19, 1505 Cologne
Father: Henry III Landgrave of Upper Hesse
Spouse: John II Duke of Cleves
Children: John III Duke of Cleves
The details

Mathilde of Hesse (4 July 1473 in Blankenstein – 19 February 1505 in Cologne) was the daughter of Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse (1441-1483) and his wife Anna of Katzenelnbogen (1443-1494).

Marriage and issue

She married on 3 November 1489 in Soest to John II, Duke of Cleves, nicknamed "the Babymaker" (1458-1521). He was son of John I, Duke of Cleves and Elizabeth of Nevers. John and Mathilde had three children:

  • John (1490–1539), succeeded as Duke of Cleves and Count of the Marck
  • Anna (1495–1567), married in 1518 with count Philip III of Waldeck-Eisenberg
  • Adolf (1498–1525), appointed by his father's cousin Philip of Cleves, Lord of Ravenstein and Wijnendale, as his successor, but died before Philip did in 1528

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