John I, Duke of Cleves
|John I, Duke of Cleves|
John I, Duke of Cleves by Rogier van der Weyden
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth of Nevers|
|Noble family||La Marck|
|Father||Adolph I, Duke of Cleves|
|Mother||Mary of Burgundy|
|Born||16 February 1419|
|Died||5 September 1481 62)(aged|
He was the son of Adolph I, Duke of Cleves and Mary of Burgundy. He was raised in Brussels at the Burgundian court of his uncle Philip the Good. He ruled Cleves from 1448 from 1481, and Mark since 1461 after the death of his uncle Gerhard, who had waged war on his own brother.
He fought 3 wars with the Electorate of Cologne and finally defeated Ruprecht of the Palatinate, conquering the cities of Xanten and Soest. In these wars, he was supported by his uncle Philip the Good, bringing Cleves-Mark into the Burgundian sphere of influence.
His marriage with Elisabeth Countess of Nevers, from a sideline of the House of Burgundy, only strengthened this influence. He also took sides in the Münster Diocesan Feud supporting the aspirations of the House of Hoya to the episcopacy in Münster.
Marriage and Children
- John II, Duke of Cleves (13 April 1458 – 15 March 1521) married 3 November 1489 Matilda of Hesse
- Adolf (1461–1525)
- Engelbert, Count of Nevers (26 September 1462 – 21 November 1506) married 23 February 1489 Charlotte de Bourbon-Vendôme
- Dietrich 1464
- Marie of Cleves (1465–1513)
- Philip of Cleves, Bishop of Nevers, Amiens and Autun (1467–1505)
|Ancestors of John I, Duke of Cleves|
- Stirnet.com Accessed July 29, 2007
- Marek, Miroslav. "Cleves 5". Genealogy.EU. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
John I, Duke of ClevesBorn: 16 February 1419 Died: 5 September 1481
|Duke of Cleves
| Succeeded by|
|Count of Mark|
1448/de facto 1461–1481