Charlotte de Bourbon

 

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Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617), engraving, 1581. References: Bartsch 179, Hollstein 204, Strauss 143, first state (of 2). In very good condition, 10 1/2 x 7 1/8  inches.

A fine impression, on old laid paper with a Coat of Arms with Letter B watermark (Briquet 8068, dated 1563).

To be sold with Bartsch 178, William of Orange (Charlotte de Bourbon’s husband).

William of Orange married four times, three times for purely pragmatic reasons, and once for love – to Charlotte de Bourbon (1546/7-1582).  At eighteen he married Anna van Buren. She was heiress to one of the richest families in the Low Countries. Anna bore William’s first son, Philip William. She died in 1558. Soon after he married Anna of Saxony, extremely wealthy and Protestant;  she provided him with the potential support of Germany’s Protestant rulers, and also with a son, Maurice, later stadholder. William and Anna’s marriage was dissolved, and before an official annulment he married Charlotte of Bourbon (in 1575). Once a nun, she had become a Protestant. She had six daughters. When William was seriously wounded by an assassin in 1582, it was Charlotte who nursed him. The prince recovered, but Charlotte died of exhaustion. His last wife was Louise de Coligny, a French widow. Two years after their wedding, William of Orange was killed. 

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Charlotte de Bourbon – detail