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Katharina (Kleve) van Gelre (1417 - 1479)

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Katharina (Catherine) van Gelre formerly Kleve aka von Kleve, Of Cleves
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Wife of — married in Cleves, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germanymap
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Died in Slot Grave, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands,map
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Katherina von Kleve (Catherine of Cleves) was the second daughter of Adolf I, Duke of Cleves and his second wife, Marie de Bourgogne, and was born on St Vrbaens day, the 25 May, in 1417.[1]

She was promised in marriage, the 22 July 1423, to Arnold of Egmond, Duke of Guelders, Count of Zutphen,[2] The marriage probably took place in early 1430,[2] but the exact date is not clear.

On 23 August 1429 an agreement was reached, that Catherine would continue to remain with her parents for another year,[2] but whether the year is from that date or after she was married is also unclear. A dispensation was issued on 23 January 1530 because Catherine and Arnold were related in the fourth degree,[3]but they were definitely married by 11 February 1430 when they both signed an act in which Catherine renounced any hereditary rights to Cleves.[2]

– 10 February 1479) was Duchess of Guelders. The Hours of Catherine of Cleves was commissioned for her.[4]

Catherine was born in 1417. She was the daughter of Adolf I, Duke of Cleves and Marie of Burgundy. She passed away in 1479


  1. Scholten, Robert (Ed.). 1884. Clevische Chronik: nach der Originalhandschrift des Gert van der Shuren, nebst Vorgeschichte und Zusätzen von Turck, einer Genealogie des Clevischen Hauses und drei Schrifttafeln. Cleve: Boss. p. 138. Digital image, Heinrich Heine, Universitäts und Landesbibliothek, : downloaded 11 February 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Chestret de Haneffe, Baron Jules de. 1898. Histoire de la Maison de la Marck y compris les Clèves de la seconde race. Liége: D. Cormaux. p. 45. Digital image, Heinrich Heine, Universitäts und Landesbibliothek, : downloaded 3 February 2017.
  3. Clevische Chronik, p.

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On 21 Jan 2017 at 12:09 GMT Raf Ceustermans wrote:

Of Cleves-6 and Kleve-85 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, parents, birthdate and deathdata.

Catherine is 22 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 22 degrees from Greg Lavoie, 21 degrees from A A Milne and 15 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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