Matilda of Habsburg

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Matilda of Habsburg
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Duchess consort of Bavaria
Tenure 1273–1294
Born 1253
Died 23 December 1304(1304-12-23)
Munich, Bavaria
Spouse Louis II, Duke of Bavaria (m. 1273; d. 1294)
House Habsburg
Father Rudolf I of Germany
Mother Gertrude of Hohenberg

Matilda of Habsburg or Melchilde (1253 in Rheinfelden[1] – 23 December 1304 in Munich, Bavaria) was, by marriage, a duchess of Bavaria. She was regent of Bavaria in the minority of her son, Rudolf I.


Matilda was the eldest daughter of Rudolf I of Germany and Gertrude of Hohenberg. She became the third wife Louis II, Duke of Bavaria, on 24 October 1273 in Aachen. Matilda and Louis had the following children:

Widowhood and regency

On her husband's death in 1294, Matilda acted as regent for her young son Rudolf. A decision was made for Matilda to take part of the duchy and her son to take the other part. Matilda took a large part of Upper Bavaria while her son took the cities such as: Ingolstadt, Langenfeld and Rietberg. Within a couple of years her son came of age and ruled the kingdom by himself.

Though Matilda had her younger son, Louis partly educated in Vienna and became co-regent of his brother Rudolf I in Upper Bavaria in 1301 with the support of Matilda and her brother King Albert I, he quarreled with the Habsburgs from 1307 over possessions in Lower Bavaria. A civil war against his brother Rudolf due to new disputes on the partition of their lands was ended in 1313, when peace was made at Munich.

Matilda and Rudolf continued to be at odds and in 1302 Matilda was arrested by Rudolf and brought to Munich, where she signed an agreement promising never to interfere in the government again, but as soon as she was outside the borders of Bavaria, Matilda declared the agreement null and void, and got the support of her brother, Albert, Louis the Bavarian and others.[2]

Matilda's son, Louis, defeated his Habsburg cousin Frederick the Fair. Originally, he was a friend of Frederick, with whom he had been raised. However, armed conflict arose when the tutelage over the young Dukes of Lower Bavaria (Henry XIV, Otto IV and Henry XV) was entrusted to Frederick. On 9 November 1313, Frederick was beaten by Louis in the Battle of Gammelsdorf and had to renounce the tutelage.[3]

Matilda died on 23 December 1304 at Munich, Bavaria.


  1. Cawley, Charles (13 March 2008), Austria: Mechtild died 1304, Medieval Lands database, FMG, retrieved August 2012 Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>,[better source needed]
  2. "Matilda of Habsburg's entry at Women in power 1250–1300".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Marek, Miroslav. "A listing of descendants of Rudolph I of Germany". Genealogy.EU.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[self-published source][better source needed]

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