Mary of Burgundy

Mary (French: Marie; Dutch: Maria; 13 February 1457 – 27 March 1482), titular Duchess of Burgundy, reigned over the Burgundian State, now mainly in Francewith the exception of the Duchy of Burgundy returned to the Kingdom of France (1477)and the Low Countries, from 1477 until her death in a riding accident at the age of 25.

Portrait, attributed to Michael Pacher, c.1490
Titular Duchess of Burgundy
Reign5 January 1477 – 27 March 1482
PredecessorCharles the Bold
SuccessorPhilip the Handsome
Co-ruler (titular)Maximilian
Born13 February 1457
Brussels, Brabant, Burgundian Netherlands
Died27 March 1482(1482-03-27) (aged 25)
Wijnendale Castle, Flanders, Burgundian Netherlands
Bruges, Flanders
(m. 1477)
IssuePhilip I of Castile
Margaret, Duchess of Savoy
FatherCharles the Bold
MotherIsabella of Bourbon
ReligionRoman Catholicism

As the only child of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife Isabella of Bourbon, she inherited the Burgundian lands at age of 19 upon the death of her father in the Battle of Nancy on 5 January 1477.[1] She spent most of her reign defending her birthright; in order to counter the appetite of the French king Louis XI for her lands, she married Maximilian of Habsburg, who became Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I long after her death. The marriage was a turning point in European politics, leading to a French–Habsburg rivalry that would endure for centuries.