Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of Sicily

Margaret of Burgundy (French: Marguerite de Bourgogne) (1250 – 4 September 1308) was Queen of Sicily and Naples by marriage to Charles I of Sicily. She was also a ruling Countess of Tonnerre from 1262 until 1308.

Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of Sicily

LifeEdit

The second daughter of Odo, Count of Nevers, and Maud of Dampierre, Margaret was Countess of Tonnerre by inheritance from 1262 until her death.

QueenEdit

She became Queen consort of Sicily by her marriage to Charles of Anjou, King of Sicily and Count of Anjou and Provence, on 18 November 1268. Their only daughter, Margaret, died in infancy. She also became titular Queen consort of Jerusalem, after Charles bought the title from Mary of Antioch in 1277. She and her husband lost the title of King and Queen of Sicily in 1283, becoming King and Queen of Naples only.

Later lifeEdit

After Charles died in 1285, Margaret retired to her lands in Tonnerre, residing in the castle there with Margaret of Brienne (widow of Bohemund VII of Tripoli) and Catherine I of Courtenay, titular Empress of Constantinople (a granddaughter of Charles of Anjou by his first wife). There at Tonnerre, the three women lived lives of charity and prayer; Margaret founded there l’Hospice des Fontenilles, and provided adequate funds for its maintenance.

She died in 1308 without children; she left her possessions to her great-nephew, John II of Châlon-Auxerre. She was buried in the l'Hospice.

ReferencesEdit

  • Previté-Orton, L'Italia nella seconda metà del XIII secolo, in «Storia del mondo medievale», vol. V, 1980, pp. 198–244.
Preceded by
Beatrice of Provence
Queen consort of Sicily
1268–1282
Succeeded by
Constance of Sicily
Queen consort of Naples
1268–1285
Succeeded by
Maria Arpad of Hungary
Preceded by
Anna Komnene Doukaina
Princess consort of Achaea
1278–1285