Charlotte of Lorraine

Charlotte de Lorraine-Armagnac (6 May 1678 21 January 1757) was a Princess of Lorraine by birth and daughter of Louis, Count of Armagnac. She was known as Mademoiselle d'Armagnac and died unmarried.

Charlotte de Lorraine-Armagnac
Mademoiselle d'Armagnac
Born6 May 1678
Died21 January 1757(1757-01-21) (aged 79)
Full name
Charlotte de Lorraine
HouseHouse of Lorraine
FatherLouis de Lorraine
MotherCatherine de Neufville

Biography

Charlotte of Lorraine was the eleventh of fourteen children born to Louis de Lorraine, Count d'Armagnac and Catherine de Neufville.[1] She belonged to the House of Guise, a cadet branch of the House of Lorraine, entitled to the rank of prince etranger in France. She was raised with her sister Marie of Lorraine, mother of Louise Hippolyte Grimaldi. Charlotte's own mother was a daughter of Nicolas de Neufville, a Marshal of France and one time governor of Louis XIV.

Styled Mademoiselle d'Armagnac, she was a celebrated beauty at the court and was a favourite of Louis XIV and was described by Madame de Sévigné as a beautiful and likeable woman.[2] After the marriage of her sister Marie to the Duke of Valentinois[3] (future Prince of Monaco) the court paid close attention to the range of suitors that were offered to Charlotte. These included the famous Saint Simon; the Margrave of Ansbach, brother of the future Queen Caroline of Great Britain as well as various other French noblemen.[3]

Another candidate was Louis Alexandre de Bourbon, Count de Toulouse, youngest son of Louis XIV and his mistress Madame de Montespan. Louis opposed the match an gave her a pension in return for her losses.[3] She died unmarried having outlived her many siblings.

Titles and styles

  • 6 May 1678 21 January 1757 Mademoiselle d'Armagnac

Ancestry

References

  1. Dictionnaire de la noblesse, contenant les généalogies, l'histoire & la chronologie des familles nobles de France, l'explication de leur armes, & l'état des grandes terres du royaume, La veuve Duchesne, 1774, p 590
  2. Lettres de madame de Sévigné, de sa famille et de ses amis, recueillies et annotées par m. Monmerqué, 1862, Oxford University, p 158
  3. "Portrait of Marie de Lorraine (1674-1724), Duchesse de Valentinois and her younger sister Charlotte de Lorraine (1678-1757), Mademoiselle d'Armagnac, half length before a parapet, a landscape beyond". Christie's.org. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
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