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1516, Jul 281592, Jan 5
a Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg (1539–1592). William was born in and died in Düsseldorf. William took over rule of his father's estates (the Duchy of Cleves and the County of Mark) upon his death in 1539. Despite his mother having lived until 1543, William also became the Duke of Berg and Jülich and the Count of Ravensberg.From 1538 to 1543, William held the neighbouring Duchy of Guelders, as successor of his distant relatives, the Egmond dukes. Emperor Charles V claimed this duchy for himself as the dukes had sold their right of heritage, and William tried to hold on to it.
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01/27/1538-States of Gelderland accepts William V of Cleves as viceroy 
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