Margaret of Bavaria

Margaret of Bavaria, (1363 – January 1424, Dijon), was Duchess of Burgundy by marriage to John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy. She was the regent of the Burgundian Low countries during the absence of her spouse in 1404–1419[1] and the regent in French Burgundy during the absence of her son in 1419–1423.[1] She became most known for her successful defense of French Burgundy against John IV, Count of Armagnac in 1419.[1]

Margaret of Bavaria
Duchess consort of Burgundy
Died23 January 1424 (aged 6061)
SpouseJohn the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy
Marie, Duchess of Cleves
Margaret, Duchess of Brittany
Philip III, Duke of Burgundy
Isabelle, Countess of Penthièvre and Périgord
Anne, Duchess of Bedford
Agnes, Duchess of Bourbon
FatherAlbert I, Duke of Bavaria
MotherMargaret of Brieg
ReligionRoman Catholicism


Margaret was the fifth child of Albert I, Duke of Bavaria, Count of Hainault, Holland, and Zeeland and Lord of Frisia, and Margaret of Brieg.[2]

In 1385, at the Burgundian double wedding in Cambrai, she married John, Count of Nevers, the son and heir of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and Margaret of Dampierre, Countess of Flanders, Artois and Burgundy;[3] at the same time her brother, William II, Duke of Bavaria married Margaret of Burgundy. With the death of Philip the Bold in 1404, and Margaret of Dampierre in 1405, John inherited these territories, and Margaret became duchess. They had only one son, Philip the Good (13961467), who inherited these territories, and seven daughters.




  2. Bayley, Francis, The Bailleuls of Flanders and the Bayleys of Willow Hall, (Spottiswoode & Co.:London, 1881), 263.
  3. Richard Vaughan, John the Fearless: The Growth of Burgundian Power, (The Boydell Press, 2010), 2–3.
  4. Suckale, Robert; Crossley, Paul (2005). Prague: The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 16. ISBN 9781588391612. Retrieved 23 October 2018.


  • Bayley, Francis, The Bailleuls of Flanders and the Bayleys of Willow Hall, (Spottiswoode & Co.:London, 1881)
Margaret of Bavaria
Born: 1363 Died: 23 January 1424
Preceded by
Margaret III of Flanders
Duchess consort of Burgundy
27 April 1404 – 10 September 1419
Succeeded by
Michelle of Valois
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