Renée of Bourbon

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Renée of Bourbon, Duchess of Lorraine
Spouse(s) Antoine, Duke of Lorraine
Noble family House of Bourbon
Father Gilbert, Count of Montpensier
Mother Clara Gonzaga
Born 1494
Died 26 May 1539(1539-05-26)

Renée of Bourbon, Duchess of Lorraine also called, Renée, Lady of Mercœur, (1494 – 26 May 1539), was a daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier by Clara Gonzaga, and sister of Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon.

On 26 June 1515 she married Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, her entry to Nancy was described in a chronicle. She arrived at Nancy from Bar-le-Duc at the start of May 1516. First she stopped short of the town at a village called Laixou. After enjoying a magnificent picnic for six hours, she came to the gates of Nancy and was met by a choir on a scaffold singing in her honour, accompanied by cannon fire from the ramparts.[1] They had six children;

In August 1538, Renée was commanded to court at Compiègne to meet Mary of Austria, Queen of Hungary. In March 1539 she travelled to Neufchâteau to meet Antoine who had stomach trouble and they returned to Nancy. Renée died at Nancy of dysentery on 26 May 1539.[2]


  1. ^ Les Archives de Nancy, Henri Lepage, vol. 1 (1865) 56-60.
  2. ^ Wood, Marguerite, Balcares Papers, vol. 1 (1923), 11-12, 22, 25, 26-29.
Renée of Bourbon
Born: 1494 Died: 26 May 1539
Preceded by
Philippa of Guelders
Duchess consort of Lorraine
Succeeded by
Christina of Denmark