Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France
|Margaret of Burgundy|
Reproduction of Queen Margaret's seal
|Queen consort of France|
|Queen consort of Navarre|
|Died||30 April 1315 (aged 24–25)|
Château Gaillard, Normandy
|Spouse||Louis X of France|
|Issue||Joan II of Navarre|
|Father||Robert II, Duke of Burgundy|
|Mother||Agnes of France|
Margaret was a member of the ducal House of Burgundy, a branch of the Capetian dynasty. She was the eldest daughter of Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (1248–1306) and Agnes of France (1260–1327), the youngest daughter of Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence.
In 1305, Margaret married her first cousin once removed, Louis I, King of Navarre, who in November 1314 ascended to the French throne as Louis X of France. They had one daughter, Joan (born 1312, died 1349).
Early in 1314, Margaret was allegedly caught in an act of adultery in the Tour de Nesle Affair. Her sister-in-law Isabella of France was a witness against her, and Margaret was imprisoned for the last two years of her life, along with her sister-in-law Blanche of Burgundy. Margaret was confined at Château Gaillard and after poor treatment caught a cold and died.
In 1361, Margaret's succession rights became important in the premature death of Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (her grandnephew), since the closest Burgundian heirs were descendants of Margaret and of her sister, Joan the Lame. Margaret's grandson and heir Charles II of Navarre claimed the duchy on the basis of primogeniture, but Joan the Lame's son John II of France on the basis of proximity, being one generation closer to the Burgundian dukes. As king, John ruled in his own favor, and became Duke of Burgundy, later bestowing the Duchy upon his son, Philip the Bold.
Margaret is portrayed in La Roi en fer and La Reine étranglée, two 1955 novels in Maurice Druon's Les Rois maudits (The Accursed Kings) series of historical novels. She was played by Muriel Baptiste in the 1972 French miniseries adaptation of the series, and by Hélène Fillières in the 2005 adaptation.
The second season introduces a pivotal character of Margaret, Princess of Burgundy, portrayed by Clementine Nicholson. Margaret is the loving spouse of Prince Louis, but her sister-in-law, Princess Isabella frames her for adultery by drugging her and having her lackeys arrange to be "discovered" in her bedchamber while she is passed out naked in bed. Subsequently, her father-in-law, King Philip has her imprisoned. Having abandoned all hope, Margaret commits suicide, and ends up dying in the arms of her husband who refuses to believe the adultery accusation.
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|Ancestors of Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France|
- Anne Echols and Marty Williams, An Annotated Index of Medieval Women, (Markus Weiner Publishing Inc., 1992), 300.
- Anne Echols, 300.
- Jim Bradbury, The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328, (Continuum Books, 2007), 277.
- "Official website: Les Rois maudits (2005 miniseries)" (in French). 2005. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Les Rois maudits: Casting de la saison 1" (in French). AlloCiné. 2005. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Knightfall | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
Blanche of Artois
| Queen consort of Navarre
Clementia of Hungary
Joan I of Navarre
| Queen consort of France|