Christina of Salm
|Died||31 December 1627|
|Spouse(s)||Francis II, Duke of Lorraine|
|Father||Paul of Salm-Brandenburg|
|Mother||Marie Le Veneur de Tillières|
She was the daughter of Paul, Count zu Salm and head of the House of Salm (c. 1535 – c. 1595) by his wife, Marie Le Veneur, of whom he was a second cousin-once-removed, the couple sharing descent from Philippe L'Huillier, seigneur de Manicamp and de Cailly, governor of the Bastille.
Although the Salms had been semi-sovereign Imperial counts since 1475, neither they nor the Le Veneurs were reckoned among the major magnates of either the Holy Roman Empire or of France in the 16th century. However, when Francis married Christina, he was only the third son of Duke Charles III, destined for the countship of Vaudémont as appanage rather than for the sovereignty of Lorraine. Indeed, to prevent the duchy from leaving the patriline (and to legitimate its usurpation), Francis and Christina's sons would eventually be wed to the two daughters of his elder brother, Duke Henry II of Lorraine.
- Henri de Lorraine, Marquis of Hattonchâtel (1602–1611) died in childhood;
- Charles de Lorraine, Duke of Lorraine (1604–1675) married Nicolette de Lorraine, no issue; married Béatrice de Cusance and had issue;
- Henriette de Lorraine (1605–1660), married Louis de Lorraine, Prince of Lexin, no issue, son of Louis II, Cardinal of Guise;
- Nicolas de Lorraine, Duke of Lorraine (1609–1670) married Claude de Lorraine and had issue;
- Marguerite de Lorraine (1615–1672), married Gaston de France, Duke of Orléans and had issue;
- Christine de Lorraine (1621–1622) died in infancy.
|Ancestors of Christina of Salm|
- Saint-Mauris, Victor de (1861). Etude historiques sur l'ancienne Lorraine (in French). 2. Vagner. p. 76.
- Messager des sciences historiques, ou, Archives des arts et de la bibliographie de Belgique. Gand. 1883. p. 256.
- De la Chesnaye des Bois, François-Alexandre Aubert (1775). Dictionnaire de la noblesse (in French). 9 (2nd ed.). Paris: Antoine Boudet. p. 142.
- Carl Eduard Vehse, Memoirs of the Court, Aristocracy, and Diplomacy of Austria, Vol. 2, (Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856), 40.
Christina of SalmBorn: c. 1575 Died: 31 December 1627
Margherita Gonzaga, Duchess of Lorraine
| Duchess consort of Lorraine
Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine