|Marie of Cleves|
|Duchess of Orléans|
|Born||19 September 1426|
|Died||23 August 1487 (aged 60)|
Couvent des Célestins, Paris
(m. 1440; died 1465)
|Issue||Marie, Viscountess of Narbonne |
Louis XII of France
Anne, Abbess of Fontevraud
|Father||Adolph I, Duke of Cleves|
|Mother||Mary of Burgundy|
Marie of Cleves (19 September 1426 – 23 August 1487) was the third wife of Charles, Duke of Orléans. She was born a German princess, the last child of Adolph I, Duke of Cleves and his second wife, Mary of Burgundy.
Marie was a patron of letters and commissioned many works; she was also an active poet herself, producing ballads and other verses. After the Duke's death she was secretly remarried in 1480 to one of her gentlemen of the chamber, the Artesian "Sieur de Rabodanges", who was some years her junior. She died in Chaunay.
Marriage and issue
At the age of fourteen, Marie was married to 46-year-old Charles of Valois, Duke of Orléans, a man 32 years her senior, on 27 November 1440, in Saint-Omer. She became his third and last wife. Their eldest child was born fully 17 years after the wedding. They had three children together, being:
- Marie of Orléans, Viscountess of Narbonne (19 December 1457 – 1493); married John of Foix, Viscount of Narbonne in 1483.
- King Louis XII of France (1462–1515)
- Anne of Orléans, Abbess of Fontevraud and Poitiers (1464–1491).
|Ancestors of Marie of Cleves, Duchess of Orléans|
- Wilson p. 258
- Holt, p. 231
- Arn p. 41
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- Wilson, Katharina M. An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Vol. 2 New York: Garland Pub, 1991. googlebooks
- Holt, Emily Sarah. Memoirs of Royal Ladies. London : Hurst and Blackett, 1861. googlebooks