Joanna Duchess of Brabant

Mariendaal Convent and Mechteld of Guelders

Mechteld (or Mathilde) of Guelders was born around 1325 as the daughter of Reginald II, Duke of Guelders and his first wife Sophia Berthout, Lady of Mechelen. She married three times, firstly to Godert, Count of Loon and Chiney, secondly to Johann, Count of Cleves and thirdly to John II, Count of Blois. She would [read more]

Ermgard of Limburg

Kloster Graefenthal & The Consorts of Gelre

This little gem, Kloster Graefenthal, or Gravendaal Convent, is just across the border into Germany in the town of Goch. The convent was founded in 1248 by Otto II of Guelders on the insistence of his wife Margaret of Cleves. The first nuns were mostly unmarried noble women, and Margaret of Cleves was the first [read more]