Reginald III, duke of Guelders

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Dutch: Reinoud, German: Rainald, French: Renaud
Also Known As: "Reinaud III van Gelre"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Waterlooville, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Death: December 4, 1371 (38)
Immediate Family:

Son of Reginald II, duke of Guelders and Eleanor of Woodstock, countess of Guelders
Husband of Maria van Brabant; N.N. N.N. and Philippe d' Estouteville
Father of N.N. van Gelre; Ponte van Gelre and Johan van Hattem
Brother of Eduard, hertog van Gelre
Half brother of Margaretha van Gelre, vrouwe van Mechelen; Machteld van Gelre; Abbess at Graventhal Elisabeth van Gelre and Maria van Gelre

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About Reginald III, duke of Guelders

Duke Wenceslaus of Brabant (husband of Duchess Johanna) was made a prisoner in Ghent. Thereafter, Wenceslaus had to face continuous internal disorders. The brinkmanship on the side of Gelre was fuelled by the increasing possibility the Duchess Johanna of Brabant would die childless. This created uncertainty regarding her succession, Gelre felt secure enough to test the borders with Brabant.

As Eduard didn’t leave a heir behind, Reinoud was freed and reinstated as the Duke however the heavily overweighted Duke also died without a legitimate heir, in that same year.

On the death of Grafenthal abbess Isabella of Guelders the house of Guelders became extinct.

Those now claiming secession rights included the two daughters of Reinoud II, the previous duke:

Machteld who was married to Jan III van Blois Count of Holland and Maria wife of Willem II of Gulik and the mother of the seven year old heir of that Dukedom Willem III, for whom she was the regents and for whom she claimed Gelre.

The succession of the eldest son Reinoud III was challenged by the youngest Eduard. The eldest of the two was only 10 years old at that time so it more likely where the powers behind these two sons who used this situation for their own power struggle. The party around Reinoud was led by Frederik van Heeckeren van der Eze, and the one around Eduard by Gijsbert van Bronckhorst, hence the names “Heeckerens en Bronckhorsten. Reinoud was furthermore supported by the Bishop of Utrecht and Eduard by the Count of Holland.

Reinoud II died in Arnhem on 12 October 1243 and was succeeded by his elder son Reinald III. Eleanor of Woodstock died on 22 April 1355, not yet thirty-seven, and was buried in Deventer Abbey, which she’d founded. As her two sons died childless, both in 1371, two of her stepdaughters succeeded as Duchess of Gelderland.


Stamboom nr. : 411.536.

Generatie : 19.

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May 13, 1333
Waterlooville, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Age 15
Age 31
December 4, 1371
Age 38