Marie de Bourgogne, or uh… Mary of Burgundy. 1457-1482.
I was looking into the Valois princesses and there’s a LOT of lovely ladies in the House of Valois-Burgundy.
Marie was the only child of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and his wife Isabella of Bourbon. Isabella was an heiress to an enormous fortune. When Marie inherited this fortune- she was referred to as “Marie the Rich.” (Ha… I wish I could acquire a nickname like that.) As you can imagine, being the most eligible bachelorette of her time = many suitors. Although selected by the King of France for his son, the dauphin, life as a queen was not for her- so she selected Archduke Maximilian of Austria who became her co-ruler.
She died at the age of 25 in a tragic accident. She was out falconing with her husband when she fell off her horse, the horse landed on her and broke her back.
Marie had 2 children:
Philip the Handsome (love that) 1478-1506, who later became Philip I of Castile by marrying Joanna of Castile.
Margaret (1480-1530) who married Juan, Prince of Austria and then later Philibert II, Duke of Savoy.
A son, Franz died as an infant.