Counts and Dukes of Guelders

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This article deals with the rulers of the historical county and duchy of Guelders, for other meanings see Guelders.
Original coat of arms of the County and Duchy of Guelders
Coat of arms after 1379

List of Counts of Guelders[edit]

House of Wassenberg[edit]

The first count of Guelders was Gerard IV, Lord of Wassenberg.

During Reginald II's reign, the county of Guelders became a duchy.

List of Dukes of Guelders[edit]

House of Wassenberg[edit]

During Reinoud II's reign, the county of Guelders was elevated to a duchy.

After the death of Reginald III without issue, two of his sisters disputed the succession of the Duchy of Guelders:

House of Jülich-Hengebach[edit]

  • 1379–1402 : William I, son of Maria and William II
    • 1371–1377 : William, regent, father of
  • 1402–1423 : Reginald IV, brother of

House of Egmond[edit]

  • 1423–1465 : Arnold, descendant of Reginald IV's sister
    • 1423–1436 : John, regent, father of
  • 1465–1471 : Adolf, son of
  • 1471–1473 : Arnold, again

Arnold sold the Duchy of Guelders to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, who was recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor as Duke of Guelders.

House of Burgundy[edit]

House of Habsburg[edit]

House of Egmond[edit]

The Egmond family did not abandon their claims to Guelders and Charles of Egmond conquered the Duchy in 1492. He remained in power with support of the French king.

House of Cleves[edit]

House of Habsburg[edit]

Guelders in popular culture[edit]

William Thatcher, the lead character in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale played by Heath Ledger claimed to be Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Gelderland so as to appear to be of noble birth and thus qualify to participate in jousting.

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