Catharine of Bourbon

Catharine of Bourbon (1440 in Liège – 21 May 1469 in Nijmegen) was Duchess of Guelders from 1465-1469 by her marriage to Adolf, Duke of Guelders. She was a daughter of Charles I, Duke of Bourbon and his wife Agnes of Burgundy.

Catharine of Bourbon
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Tombstone of Catherine of Bourbon in the St. Stephen Church in Nijmegen
Died21 May 1469 (aged 28–29)
BuriedSt. Stephen Church in Nijmegen
Noble familyBourbon
Spouse(s)Adolf II, Duke of Guelders
FatherCharles I, Duke of Bourbon
MotherAgnes of Burgundy

Marriage and issueEdit

Both before and after his accession to the throne Catherine was on several occasions proposed as a bride for Edward IV of England. The marriage negotiations came to nothing, and Edward went on to astonish his own people, and the Courts of Europe, by marrying for love Elizabeth Woodville, the daughter of an obscure knight.

On 28 December 1463 in Bruges, she married Adolf II, Duke of Guelders, who succeeded his father Arnold as Duke of Guelders in 1465. Catherine and Adolf had twin children:

Catherine died in 1469 and was buried in the St. Stephen Church in Nijmegen.


  • Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Isenburg and Frank Baron Freytag von Loringhoven: Europäische Stammtafeln. Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der europäischen Staaten, vol. 2, J. A. Stargard, Marburg, 1956, table 30.
  • P.H. Scheltema: De St.-Stevenskerk te Nijmegen, in: De Opmerker, vol. 30, issue 37, 14 September 1895, p. 291-292, page 291 and page 292