Jacques, Duke of Nemours

Jacques of Savoy, 2nd duke of Nemours (12 October 1531  15 June 1585)[1] was the son of Philippe, Duke of Nemours, and became Duke of Nemours on his father's death in 1533.

Duke of Nemours
Portrait of Jacques of Savoie by an anonymous artist
Born(1531-10-12)12 October 1531
Died18 June 1585(1585-06-18) (aged 53)
Noble familyHouse of Savoy
Spouse(s)Anna d'Este
(m. 1566–85; his death)
FatherPhilippe, Duke of Nemours
MotherCharlotte van Longueville

He distinguished himself at the sieges of Lens and Metz (1552–1553), at the Battle of Renty (1554) and in the campaign of Piedmont (1555).[2]

He was a supporter of the house of Guise, and had to retire for some time into Savoy in consequence of a plot. On his return to France he fought the Huguenots, and signalized himself by his successes in Dauphiné and Lyonnais. In 1567 he induced the court to return from Meaux to Paris, took part in the battle of Saint Denis, protested against the peace of Longjumeau, and repulsed the invasion of Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken. He devoted his last years to letters and art, and died at Annecy.[2]

He married, on 29 April 1566, Anna d'Este, daughter of Duke Ercole II of Ferrara and Renée of France, and widow of Francis, Duke of Guise. He was succeeded as Duke of Nemours by his sons, Charles Emmanuel de Savoie, 3rd Duc de Nemours and Henri I, Duke of Nemour. Descendencia: i. Charles Enmanuel, 1567-1595 ii. Marguerite, 1569-1572 iii. Enrique I, 1572-1632, en inglés (Henry I de Savoy) Con descendencia iv. Robert, 1577-1660 que caso con Marie Caillaux (1580-1670) con descendencia: Rene (1601-1696) Con Descendencia Robart (1606-??)

A fictionalized version of the second Duke of Nemours serves as the love interest in the early novel La Princesse de Clèves, which takes place at the court of Henry II of France.


  1. "Jacques de Savoie, duke de Nemours | French duke". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Nemours, Lords and Dukes of, s.v. James". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 370.

Preceded by
Philippe de Savoie
Duke of Nemours
Succeeded by
Charles Emmanuel de Savoie

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