Charles I, Duke of Elbeuf

Charles de Lorraine (Joinville, 18 October 1556 - Moulins, 4 August 1605) was a French duke and nobleman. He was marquis of Elbeuf from 1566 to 1582, then duke of Elbeuf from 1582 to 1605 and count of Harcourt from 1566 to 1582, lord of Rieux, baron of Ancenis and peer of France. His parents were René de Lorraine, marquis of Elbeuf and count of Harcourt, and his wife Louise de Rieux.

Duke of Elbeuf
Born18 October 1556
Joinville, France
Died4 August 1605(1605-08-04) (aged 48)
Moulins, France
SpouseMarguerite de Chabot
Charles II, Duke of Elbeuf
Henri, Count of Harcourt
Claude Éléonore, Duchess of Roannais
Full name
Charles de Lorraine
HouseHouse of Lorraine
FatherRené de Lorraine
MotherLouise de Rieux


He was made a knight of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit on 1 December 1581, but was arrested the day after the assassination of duke of Guise. On his release he joined the Catholic League and fought against Henry of Navarre, who was to become king of France. He did not make peace with him until 1594, when he received the governorship of Poitou from him and from then on became his faithful servant.

Marriage and issue

On 5 February 1583 he married Marguerite de Chabot (1565 † 1652), daughter of Léonor Chabot, count of Charny, and of Françoise de Longwy. Their children were :

  • Charles II (1596 † 1657), Duke of Elbeuf
  • Claude Éléonore of Lorraine (1598 † 1654) known as Mademoiselle d'Elbeuf prior to her marriage with Louis Gouffier († 1642), Duke of Roannais in 1660. The couple had no children.
  • Henriette of Lorraine (1599 † 1669), Abbess of Soissons
  • Henri of Lorraine (1601 † 1666), Count of Harcourt, of Armagnac and of Brionne
  • Françoise of Lorraine (1602 † 1626) never married;
  • Catherine of Lorraine (1605 † 1611) died in infancy.


  • Georges Poull, La maison ducale de Lorraine, 1991
Preceded by
René II
Marquis, then Duke of Elbeuf
Succeeded by
Charles II
Preceded by
René II
Count of Harcourt
Succeeded by
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