Charles de Chambrun (1875–1952)

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Charles de Chambrun
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Born10 February 1875
Died6 November 1952
OccupationDiplomat, writer
Spouse(s)Marie de Rohan-Chabot
Parent(s)Charles-Adolphe de Chambrun
Marie Henriette Hélène Marthe Tircuy de Corcelle
RelativesPierre de Chambrun (brother)
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (brother-in-law)
René de Chambrun (nephew)

Charles Pineton de Chambrun (10 February 1875 in Washington – 6 November 1952) was a French diplomat and writer.


He was the son of a judicial counsellor to the French ambassador to the United States. Charles served as attaché to France's ambassador to the Vatican, Berlin, then Washington.

In 1914 he became First Secretary at the St Petersburg embassy, and later served in Athens and Vienna. From 1928–33 he represented France in Ankara, and then became ambassador to Rome from 1933–35.

In Rome he married Marie de Rohan-Chabot (1876–1951),[1] daughter of the Duke and the Duchess of Rohan and widow of prince Lucien Murat. She was a writer, galleriste and landscape and portrait painter.

With Paul Claudel, Maurice Garcon, Marcel Pagnol, Jules Romains and Henri Mondor he was one of six people elected on the 4 April 1946 to the Académie française in the second group election to fill the numerous empty seats caused by the lack of elections during the German occupation of France.

Chambrun was a Grand officer of the Légion d'Honneur


Charles de Chambrun
  • Lettres à Marie, Pétersbourg-Pétrograd, 1914–1918 (1941)
  • Atatürk et la Turquie nouvelle (1939)
  • À l'école d'un diplomate : Vergennes (1944)
  • L'Esprit de la diplomatie (1944)
  • Traditions et souvenirs (1952)
Marie de Rohan Chabot (under the name Marie de Chambrun)
  • Le Roi de Rome, Plon, 1941
Marie de Rohan Chabot (under the name Princesse Lucien Murat)
  • Raspoutine et l'aube sanglante, De Boccard, s.d.
  • La reine Christine de Suède, Flammarion, 1934
  • Les Errants de la Gloire, Flammarion, 1933
  • La vie amoureuse de la Grande Catherine coll. « Leurs amours », Flammarion, 1927


  1. ^ « L'autre soir à table Marie de Chambrun lâche un pet. Chambrun : "Vous parlez encore pour ne rien dire !" Jean COCTEAU / Journal (1942–1945) / Gallimard 1989

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