Antoine, Duke of Lorraine

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Duke of Lorraine and Bar
Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson
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Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1543.
Duke of Lorraine
Reign 10 December 1508 - 14 June 1544
Predecessor René II
Successor Francis I
Born (1489-06-04)4 June 1489
Died 14 June 1544(1544-06-14) (aged 55)
Spouse Renée de Bourbon
Issue Francis, Duke of Lorraine
Nicholas, Duke of Mercœur
Anna, Princess of Orange
Full name
Antoine de Lorraine
House House of Vaudémont
Father René II
Mother Philippa of Guelders

Antoine (4 June 1489 – 14 June 1544), known as the Good, was Duke of Lorraine from 1508 until his death in 1544.


Antoine was born at Bar-le-Duc, the son of René II, Duke of Lorraine and Philippa of Guelders. He was raised at the court of King Louis XII together with his brother Claude, and also made friends with the Duke of Angoulême, the future King Francis I.

In 1509 he entrusted the reins of the Duchy to his mother and Hugues des Hazards, bishop of Toul, and followed Louis XII in his campaign in northern Italy, where he took part in the Battle of Agnadello of that year. After Louis' death, he went again to Italy under Francis I, participating in the battle of Marignano (14/15 September 1515). However, called back home by problems in Lorraine, he was absent at the decisive battle of Pavia (1525), in which Francis was taken prisoner and his brother François, comte de Lambesc, was killed.

In Lorraine, Antoine had to face the spreading of Protestant Reformation, against which he published an edict on 26 December 1523. The situation worsened the following year, when a rebellion, known as German Peasants' War, broke out in Alsace. The insurrectionists captured Saverne and tried to conquer Saint-Dié, while the peasants of Bitscherland also rose in May 1525. Antoine launched an expedition which reconquered Saverne on 17 May and crushed a peasant army on 20 May near Sélestat. He subsequently promulgated other edicts against the Protestants.

Antoine was able to enlarge his duchy through heritages and acquisitions. Starting from 1525, he preferred to remain neutral in the wars which ensued between Francis I and Emperor Charles V. With the Treaty of Nuremberg (26 August 1542), he obtained by Charles V the independence of the Duchy of Lorraine

In 1538, he claimed the titles of Duke of Guelders and Count of Zutphen upon the death of Charles of Egmond, but was unable to gain possession of them.

By 1539, Antoine suffered from gout and asked his niece, Mary of Guise, to send him a Scottish hackney horse which he hoped to find easier to ride with his condition.[1]


On 26 June 1515, he married Renée of Bourbon, daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier by Clara Gonzaga, and sister of Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon.

He had six children:


16. Frederick of Lorraine
8. Antoine of Vaudémont
17. Marguerite de Joinville
4. Frederick II of Vaudémont
18. John VII, Count of Harcourt
9. Marie d'Harcourt
19. Marie of Alençon
2. René II, Duke of Lorraine
20. Louis II of Naples
10. René of Anjou
21. Yolande of Aragon
5. Yolande, Duchess of Lorraine
22. Charles II, Duke of Lorraine
11. Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine
23. Margaret of the Palatinate
1. Antoine, Duke of Lorraine
24. John II of Egmond, Count of Egmond
12. Arnold of Egmond, Duke of Gelderland
25. Maria van Arkel
6. Adolf of Egmond, Duke of Guelders
26. Adolph I of Mark, Duke of Cleves
13. Catherine of Cleves
27. Marie of Valois-Burgundy
3. Phillipa of Guelders
28. John I, Duke of Bourbon
14. Charles I, Duke of Bourbon
29. Marie de Berry, Duchess of Auvergne
7. Catharine of Bourbon
30. John the Fearless
15. Agnes of Valois-Burgundy
31. Margaret of Bavaria

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wood, Marguerite, ed., Balcarres Papers, vol.1, SHS (1923), 33-4.

Preceded by
René II
Duke of Lorraine and Bar
Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson

Succeeded by
Francis I