Francis I, Duke of Nevers
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Francis I of Cleves, (2 September 1516 – 13 February 1561) was the first Duke of Nevers and a commander in the French royal army.
He was the only son of Charles II of Nevers (died in the Louvre in 1521) and Marie d'Albret, Countess of Rethel.
He participated in the suppression of the Amboise conspiracy.
Francis married in 1538 Marguerite of Bourbon-La Marche (1516–1589), daughter of Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise of Alençon, and sister of Antoine of Navarre, who became father of King Henry IV of France.
They had 5 children:
- Francis II, Duke of Nevers (1540–1562), 2nd Duke, no issue.
- James, Duke of Nevers (1544–1564), 3rd Duke, no issue.
- Henriette of Cleves (1542–1601); married Louis Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, and became 4th Duchess of Nevers after the death of her brothers.
- Catherine of Cleves (1548–1633); married Antoine III of Croy and Henry I, Duke of Guise.
- Marie of Cleves (1553–1574); married Henri I de Bourbon, prince de Condé.