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François, duc de Guise (1519-1563)

François de Lorraine was born at Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine, on 17 February 1519 and he was the second child and eldest son of Claude, duc de Guise, and Antoinette de Bourbon. François was raised alongside his younger cousin Henri II of France, however he was considered a prince étranger since the duly of Lorraine was not considered part of France. Despite this, the House of Guise had powerful ... Read the Post

Renée of France (1510-1574)

Renée was born in Touraine on 25 October 1510 and was the daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Bretagne. Anne tried to pass Brittany on to her youngest daughter in the hopes of keeping the duchy independent of the French kingdom, however her wishes were ignored and the duchy passed to her eldest daughter, Claude, a move that saw the duchy eventually absorbed into France within a ... Read the Post