Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France
|Margaret of Burgundy|
|Romanticized portrait of Queen Margaret|
|Queen consort of France|
|Queen consort of Navarre|
|Spouse||Louis X of France|
|Issue||Joan II of Navarre|
|House||House of Burgundy|
|Father||Robert II, Duke of Burgundy|
|Mother||Agnes of France|
|Died||14 August 1315 (aged 24–25)
Château Gaillard, Normandy
Margaret was a princess of the ducal House of Burgundy, a branch of the Capetian dynasty. She was the eldest daughter of Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (1248–1306) and Agnes of France (1260–1327), the youngest daughter of Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence.
In 1305, Margaret married her first cousin once removed, Louis I, King of Navarre, who in 1314 acceded to the French throne as Louis X of France. They had one daughter, Joan (born 1312, died 1349).
Early in 1314, Margaret was allegedly caught in an act of adultery in the Tour de Nesle Affair. Her sister-in-law Isabella of France was a witness against her, and Margaret was imprisoned for the last two years of her life, along with her sister-in-law Blanche of Burgundy. Margaret was confined at Chateau Gaillard and after poor treatment caught a cold and died.
In 1361, Margaret's succession rights became important in the premature death of Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (her grandnephew), since the closest Burgundian heirs were descendants of Margaret and of her sister, Joan the Lame. Margaret's grandson and heir Charles II of Navarre claimed the duchy on the basis of primogeniture, but Joan the Lame's son John II of France on the basis of proximity, being one generation closer to the Burgundian dukes. The case was ruled in favour of John, who became Duke of Burgundy, later bestowing the Duchy upon his son, Philip the Bold.
|Ancestors of Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France|
- Anne Echols and Marty Williams, An Annotated Index of Medieval Women, (Markus Weiner Publishing Inc., 1992), 300.
- Anne Echols, 300.
- Jim Bradbury, The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328, (Continuum Books, 2007), 277.
- Weir, Alison, Isabella
Blanche of Artois
|Queen consort of Navarre
Clementia of Hungary
Joan I of Navarre
|Queen consort of France