Counts and dukes of Guelders

This article is about the rulers of the historical county and duchy of Guelders.

Original coat of arms of the County and Duchy of Guelders
Coat of arms after 1379


House of WassenbergEdit


House of WassenbergEdit

During Reinoud II's reign, the county of Guelders was elevated to a duchy with the Wessenberg-Maccan.

After the death of Reginald III without issue, two of his half-sisters disputed the succession of the Duchy of Guelders:

House of Jülich-HengebachEdit

House of EgmondEdit

  • 1423–1436: John II, nephew of Reginald IV, regent of Arnold
  • 1423–1465: Arnold, son of John II
  • 1465–1471: Adolf, son of Arnold
  • 1471–1473: Arnold, second time

Arnold sold the Duchy of Guelders to Charles I, Duke of Burgundy, who was recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor as Duke of Guelders.

House of BurgundyEdit

House of HabsburgEdit

House of EgmondEdit

The Egmond family did not abandon their claims to Guelders and Charles of Egmond conquered the Duchy in 1492. He remained in power with support of the French king.

House of La MarckEdit

  • 1538–1543: William II, distant relative and successor of the House of Egmond

House of HabsburgEdit

Guelders in popular cultureEdit

William Thatcher, the lead character in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale played by Heath Ledger claimed to be Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Gelderland so as to appear to be of noble birth and thus qualify to participate in jousting.

External linksEdit

  • Marek, Miroslav. "Geldern-Heinsberg". Genealogy EU.
  • Marek, Miroslav. "House of Egmont". Genealogy EU.
  • Map of Upper Guelders in 1789 – Northern Part
  • Map of Upper Guelders in 1789 – Southern Part