Margaret of Austria
* 10. Jan 1480, † 30. Nov 1530

Regent of the Netherlands
1507–1530

The daughter of Emperor Maximilian I and Mary of Burgundy, she was brought up at the French court. At the age of seventeen she was married to the Spanish infante Don Juan of Asturias, who died five months later. In 1500 she travelled to the Netherlands and married again, but her second husband also died soon afterwards. In 1507 her father appointed her regent of the Netherlands, where she became a notable patron of the arts.

born today 539 years ago