Francis I, Duke of Lorraine

Francis I (French: François Ier de Lorraine) (23 August 1517 – 12 June 1545) was Duke of Lorraine from 1544–1545.

Francis I
Duke of Lorraine and Bar
SuccessorCharles III
Born(1517-08-23)23 August 1517
Nancy, France
Died12 June 1545(1545-06-12) (aged 27)
Remiremont, France
FatherAntoine, Duke of Lorraine
MotherRenée de Bourbon-Montpensier


Born in Nancy, Francis was the eldest son of Antoine, Duke of Lorraine and Renée de Bourbon, daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier. He was briefly engaged in the mid-1530s to Anne of Cleves, who in 1540 would become the fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England.

On 10 July 1541, Francis married Princess Christina of Denmark in Brussels. Princess Christina was a daughter of King Christian II and Isabella of Burgundy (who had herself been a potential bride of Henry VIII). Francis died at Remiremont in 1545, leaving Christina as the Regent of Lorraine and as the guardian of their young children.


By Christina of Denmark (c.1521 – 1590; married in 1541)

Charles15431608married Claude of Valois and had issue.
Renata15441602married William V, Duke of Bavaria and had issue.
Dorothea15451621married in 1575, Eric II, Duke of Calenberg and had no issue


See also

Francis I, Duke of Lorraine
Born: 23 August 1517 Died: 12 June 1545
Preceded by
Duke of Lorraine and Bar and Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson
Succeeded by
Charles III
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