Engelbert I of Nassau

Engelbert I of Nassau (c. 1370, in Dillenburg – 3 May 1442, in Breda) was a son of Count Johan I of Nassau and Countess Margaretha of the Marck, daughter of Count Adolph II of the Marck.[1]

Engelbert I of Nassau
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Engelbert (in the front kneeling) depicted on his tomb in the Grote Kerk (Breda).
Bornc. 1370
Dillenburg
Died3 May 1442(1442-05-03) (aged 71–72)
Breda
BuriedChurch of Our Lady in Breda
Noble familyHouse of Nassau
Spouse(s)Johanna van Polanen
FatherJohan I of Nassau
MotherMargaretha of La Marck

Early yearsEdit

Engelbert of Nassau was a student in Cologne, Germany in 1389 and a dean in Münster from 1399-1404.[2] He became counselor to the Duke of Brabant, first to Anton of Burgundy, and later for his son Jan IV of Brabant. He would later serve Philip the Good.

Marriage and issueEdit

Engelbert's brothers were childless and he left the deanery so he could marry Johanna van Polanen in 1404.[3] They had six children:

Engelbert had an illegitimate daughter with an unknown mistress:

  • Margaretha of Nassau. She married Hugo Wijnrix.

He died May 3, 1442 in Breda. A mausoleum was built for Engelbert in the Church-of-Our-Lady (the Great Church) in Breda. The construction took thirty years, from 1460 to 1490.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ De Nederlandsche leeuw: Maandblad van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Geslacht- en Wapenkunde, Volume 8, 1890, pg 90-91
  2. ^ Wilhelm Kohl, Helmut Müller, Klaus Scholz, Die Bistümer der Kirchenprovinz Köln: historisch-statistische Beschreibung der Kirche des alten Reiches. Das Domstift St. Paulus zu Münster ; 2, Volume 2; Volume 4, Walter de Gruyter, 1982, p 40
  3. ^ J. ter Haar, Geschiedenis van de Lage Landen, Uitgeverij Kok, 2004, p 234