Margaretha van Mechelen, vrouwe van Vrijhoeven

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Margaretha van Mechelen, vrouwe van Vrijhoeven

Birthplace: Lier, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Death: Died in 's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande
Place of Burial: Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Cornelis Berthout van Mechelen and Barbara van Nassau
Mother of Willem van Nassau, heer van La Lecq; Lodewijk 'Bastaard' van Nassau-Beverweerd and Maurits van Nassau
Sister of Margaretha van Mechelen and Wilhelmina van Mechelen

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About Margaretha van Mechelen, vrouwe van Vrijhoeven

Margaretha van Mechelen

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Margaretha van Mechelen (circa 1580, Lier – 17 May 1662, The Hague) was a South Dutch noblewoman and (from c.1600 to c.1610) the mistress of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, with whom she had 3 sons:

Willem of Nassau, lord of the Lek

Louis of Nassau, lord of den Lek and Beverweerd

Maurice of Nassau

Though Maurice refused to marry her (probably because she was a Catholic and only from the minor nobility), he did threaten to do so from his death bed (and to legitimise and marry off their bastard children). This would threaten his half-brother Frederick Henry's place in the succession and so Frederick Henry summoned Amalia of Solms-Braunfels and married her a few days before Maurice's death.

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Lier, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
Age 20
Age 21
Age 23
May 17, 1662
Age 81
's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande
May 17, 1662
Age 81
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederlande