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This article deals with the rulers of the historical county and duchy of Guelders, for other meanings see Guelders.
Original coat of arms of the County and Duchy of Guelders
Coat of arms after 1379


List of Counts of Guelders


House of Wassenberg

The first count of Guelders was Gerard IV, Lord of Wassenberg.

During Reginald II's reign, the county of Guelders became a duchy.

List of Dukes of Guelders

House of Wassenberg

During Reinoud II's reign, the county of Guelders was elevated to a duchy.

After the death of Reginald III without issue, two of his sisters disputed the succession of the Duchy of Guelders:

House of Jülich-Hengebach

House of Egmond

Arnold sold the Duchy of Guelders to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, who was recognized by the Holy Roman Emperor as Duke of Guelders.

House of Burgundy

House of Habsburg

House of Egmond

The Egmond family did not abandon their claims to Guelders and Charles of Egmond conquered the Duchy in 1492. He remained in power with support of the French king.

House of Cleves

House of Habsburg

Guelders in popular culture

William Thatcher, the lead character in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale played by Heath Ledger claimed to be Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Gelderland so as to appear to be of noble birth and thus qualify to participate in jousting.

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