Yolande II, Countess of Nevers

Yolande II or Yolande of Nevers (French: Yolande de Bourgogne), (December 1247 – 2 June 1280) was the daughter of Odo of Burgundy, and Matilda II, Countess of Nevers.[1]

Yolande (Iolande) II
Countess of Nevers, suo jure
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Yolande II, Countess of Nevers
BornDecember 1247
Died(1280-06-02)2 June 1280 (aged 32)
Noble familyHouse of Burgundy
Spouse(s)John Tristan, Count of Valois
Robert III, Count of Flanders
FatherOdo, Count of Nevers
MotherMatilda II, Countess of Nevers

On the death of her mother in 1262, Yolande, became the titular countess of Nevers, Tonnerre and Auxerre. However, in 1273 the arbitrators at the Parlement de Paris decided that the inheritance would be split among the sisters: Yolande got Nevers and the Château de Druyes, while her sisters Margaret and Adelaide inherited Tonnerre and Auxerre, respectively. Their aunt Agnes received the Bourbon fiefs. Upon the death of her paternal grandfather, Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, in 1272, after their marriage in Auxerre the same year,[1] Yolande and her influential second husband, Robert III, Count of Flanders, claimed the Duchy of Burgundy on the basis of primogeniture, being the first-born child of Hugh's deceased eldest son. Hugh IV, however, in his will named his third son, Robert, as heir to the Duchy while giving other fiefs to his granddaughters. King Philip III of France, one of the arbitrators, decided in favor of her uncle, who thus became Duke Robert II, on the basis of proximity of blood.

Her first marriage was to John Tristan, Count of Valois, son of Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence, in June 1265;[1] they had no children, and he died of dysentery in 1270 at Tunis while on the Eighth Crusade.

Yolande's children with Robert III, Count of Flanders, were:

  • Louis I (1272–1322), Count of Nevers and of Réthel. His son was Louis I, Count of Flanders
  • Robert (d. 1331), Seigneur of Marle and of Cassel, married (1323) Joan of Brittany (1294–1364), daughter of Arthur II of Brittany, and Yolande, countess of Montfort, producing:
    • John, Seigneur of Cassel (d. 1332)
    • Yolande (1331–1395), married Henry IV of Bar.
  • Joan (d. 1333), married in 1288 Enguerrand IV of Coucy (d. 1310), Seigneur of Coucy and Viscount of Meaux
  • Yolande (d. 1313), married in about 1287 Wautier II of Enghien (d. 1309)
  • Matilda, married about 1314 in Matthieu of Lorraine (d. 1330), lord of Warsberg


  1. ^ a b c Guida Myrl Jackson-Laufer, Women Rulers Throughout the Ages: An Illustrated Guide, (ABC-CLIO, 1999), 425.


  • Chronique ou histoire abrégée des évêques et des comtes de Nevers écrite en Latin au seizième siècle et publiée pour la première fois Texte imprimé]par René de Lespinasse,..1870; Le Nivernais et les comtes de Nevers... par René de Lespinasse,.Paris : H. Champion, 1909 (-1914)
Yolande II, Countess of Nevers
Born: December 1247 Died: 2 June 1280
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Matilda II and Odo
Countess of Nevers
Succeeded by
Louis I