Charles, Count of Angoulême

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Charles d'Orléans, Count of Angoulême
Posthumous portrait
Born 1459
Died (1496-01-01)1 January 1496
Noble family Valois
Spouse(s) Louise of Savoy
Father John, Count of Angoulême
Mother Marguerite de Rohan

Charles d'Orléans (1459 – 1 January 1496) was the Count of Angoulême from 1467 until his death. He succeeded his father, John, at the age of eight and was initially under the regency of his mother, Marguerite de Rohan, assisted by Jean I de La Rochefoucauld, one of his vassals. Charles was a grandson of Louis I, Duke of Orléans, a younger son of King Charles V of France. He was thus a member of the Orléans cadet branch of the ruling House of Valois. The Orléans came to the throne in 1498 in the person of Charles's nephew Louis XII, who was followed in 1515 by Charles's own son Francis I.[1]

Charles commissioned the luxuriously illustrated Heures de Charles d'Angoulême.


Marriage and issue[edit]

He married the 11-year-old, Louise of Savoy, daughter of Philip the Landless and Margaret of Bourbon, on 16 February 1488.[2] They had two children:

Charles also had two illegitimate daughters by his mistress Antoinette de Polignac,[4] Dame de Combronde, who was his wife's lady-in-waiting:

He also had an illegitimate daughter by mistress Jeanne Le Conte:[4]

  • Souveraine d'Angoulême (died 23 February 1551),[4] married Michel III de Gaillard, Seigneur de Chilly. In 1534 Married French Ambassador Louis de Perreau, Sieur de Castillon.



  1. ^ R.J. Knecht, Francis I, (Cambridge University Press, 1982), xvi.
  2. ^ R.J. Knecht, Francis I, 1.
  3. ^ Jonathan A. Reid, King's Sister - Queen of Dissent: Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549) and her Evangelical Network, Vol. 1, ed. Andrew Colin Gow, (Brill, 2009), 56-57.
  4. ^ a b c d e f R.J. Knecht, Francis I, 2.
Charles, Count of Angoulême
Born: 1459 Died: 1 January 1496
French nobility
Preceded by
Count of Angoulême
30 April 1467 – 1 January 1496
Succeeded by