Beatrice de Frangepan

Beatrice de Frangepan[1] (Croatian: Beatrica Frankopan, Hungarian: Frangepán Beatrix), (1480 – c. 27 March 1510) was a Croatian noblewoman, a member of the House of Frankopan that lived in the Kingdom of Croatia in personal union with Hungary. By marriage she was heiress of Hunyad Castle and Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach.

Beatrice de Frangepan
Kneginja (Princess)
Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Diedabout 27 March 1510
(m. 1496; died 1504)
IssueElisabeth Corvinus
Christopher Corvinus
Matthias Corvinus
FatherBernardin Frankopan
MotherLuisa Marzano d'Aragona


Beatrice Frangipani was a daughter of Bernardin Frankopan, Knez (Prince) of Krk and Modruš (1453–1529) from his marriage to Donna Luisa Marzano d'Aragona, daughter of Giovanni Francesco Marino Marzano, Prince of Squillace. Her brother Christoph Frankopan (1482–1527) was Ban (Viceroy) of Croatia under the reign of the Hungarian king John Zápolya.

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

  • Elisabeth (1496–1508).
  • Christoph (1499–1505), the last of the House of Hunyadi Corvinus.
  • Matthias (1504–1505).
Hunyad Castle

She was described as extremely beautiful and after her husband's death she inherited Hunyad Castle and she administered her children's estates. However, they both died young (probably poisoned), soon after their father.

After the mourning period, King Vladislaus II of Hungary had her married to his nephew, the Hohenzollern prince George of Brandenburg-Ansbach (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, though he had to cope with border disputes with the rivalling Szapolyai dynasty. Parts of the Bibliotheca Corviniana ended up in Wolfenbüttel, due to Beatrice.[3]

After Beatrice's death, only one year after the marriage, George sold the bulk of the Hungarian possessions and purchased several Silesian duchies instead.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ also Frankopan, Frankapan, Frangipani, Frangepán
  2. ^ "Banburg21". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  3. ^ "Fabian-Handbuch: Bibliotheken in Ungarn". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2011-03-24.

Further readingEdit

For the family of the Counts Frangipani of Dalmatia e Croatia, counts of di Veglae, Modrussae e Vinodol, for the legitims heirs and descendants see the family Damiani di Vergada Gliubavaz Frangipani (Frankopan) Detrico si veda:

  • Victor Anton Duisin (1938), "Counts Damjanić Vrgadski Frankopan Ljubavac Detrico", in: "Zbornik Plemstva" (in Croatian). Zagreb: Tisak Djela i Grbova, p. 155-156.
  • "Counts Damjanić Vrgadski Frankopan Ljubavac Detrico" in: [1](in Croatian). Zagreb: on line.