Beatrice de Frangepan

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Beatrice de Frangepan
Beatrice de Frangepan, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Spouse George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Born 1480
Died about 27 March 1510

Beatrice de Frangepan[1] (Croatian: Beatrica Frankopan, Hungarian: Frangepán Beatrix), (1480 – c. 27 March 1510) was a Croatian noblewoman, a member of the Frankopan family that lived in the Kingdom of Hungary. By marriage Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach and heiress of Hunyad Castle as the wife of John Corvinus, the illegitimate son of the King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.


Beatrice was a daughter of Bernardin Frankopan, Knyaz (Prince) of Krk and Modruš (1453–1529) from his marriage to Donna Luisa Marzano d'Aragona, daughter of Giovanni Francesco Mariano, Prince of Squillace. Her brother Christoph Frankopan (1482–1527) was Ban of Croatia under the reign of the King John I of Hungary.

Beatrice first married in 1496 to John Corvinus (1473–1504), an illegitimate son of the King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, with whom she had two children:

  • Elisabeth (1496–1508)
  • Christoph (1499–1505), the last of the House of Hunyadi Corvinus

She was described as extremely beautiful and after her husband's death she inherited Hunyad Castle and she administered her children's estate. However, they both died young (probably poisoned), soon after their father. After the mourning period, King Vladislas II of Hungary had her married to his nephew Margrave George of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach (1484–1543) on 21 January 1509 in Gyula. King Vladislav transferred all of the Corvinus property to George. Apart from Hunyad Castle, this included, among others, the fortress of Lipova with 252 villages.[2] Through his wife, George became one of the most powerful landowners in Hungary. Parts of the Bibliotheca Corviniana ended up in Wolfenbüttel, due to Beatrice for Wolfenbüttel.[3]

After Beatrice's death, a year after the marriage, George sold the bulk of the Hungarian possessions and purchased estates in Silesia instead.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ also Frangepán, Frankapan, Frangipani, Frankopan
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