Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons

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Eugene Maurice of Savoy
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Count of Soissons, Count of Dreux
Reign 1656-1673
Predecessor Marie
Successor Louis Thomas
Spouse Olimpia Mancini
Issue Louis Thomas, Count of Soissons
Prince Philippe
Louis Jules, Knight of Savoy
Emmanuel Philibert, Count of Dreux
Prince Eugene
Marie Jeanne, Mademoiselle de Soissons
Louise Philiberte, Mademoiselle de Dreux
Françoise, Mademoiselle de Dreux
Father Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano
Mother Marie de Bourbon
Born (1635-03-02)2 March 1635
Chambéry, Savoy
Died 6 June 1673(1673-06-06) (aged 38)
Unna, Westphalia

Eugene Maurice of Savoy (French: Eugène Maurice de Savoie; March 2, 1635 – June 6, 1673) was count of Soissons, a French general and father of Prince Eugene of Savoy.

Biography[edit]

Eugene Maurice was born in Chambéry, Savoy. He was son of Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano and Marie de Bourbon, Countess of Soissons. He was grandson of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and Catherine Micaela of Austria, daughter of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of France, herself daughter of King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici.

He married on February 21, 1657 Olimpia Mancini, a niece of cardinal Mazarin, daughter of Michele Mancini and Geronima Mazarini.

He obtained high military posts through his wife's influence. He played a role in defeating the Spaniards at the battle of the Dunes in 1658, took part in the campaigns at Flanders (1667), Franche-Comté (1668) and Holland (1672), and was present as ambassador extraordinary of France at the coronation of Charles II of England.

He died at Unna in Westphalia in 1673, out of a deadly fever, although there were voices that he had been poisoned.[1]

Family[edit]

  1. Louis Thomas, Count of Soissons (1657–1702) married Urania de La Cropte and had issue
  2. Philippe, "Abbot of Soissons" (1659–1693) unmarried.
  3. Louis Jules, Cavaliere of Savoy (1660–1683) killed at the battle of Petronell against the Turks known as the Cavaliere di Savoia
  4. Emanuel Philibert, Count of Dreux (1662–1676) unmarried.
  5. Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736) famous general.
  6. Princess Marie Jeanne of Savoy (1665-1705) Mademoiselle de Soissons.
  7. Princess Louise Philiberte of Savoy (1667–1726) Mademoiselle de Druex.
  8. Princess Françoise of Savoy (1668–1671), Mademoiselle de Dreux.

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herre, Franz (2001). Eugenio di Savoia. Milan: Garzanti. p. 15. ISBN 88-11-69311-X.