Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans

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Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans
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Duchess consort of Savoy
Tenure4 March 1663 – 14 January 1664
Born(1648-10-13)13 October 1648
Saint Germain en Laye, France
Died14 January 1664(1664-01-14) (aged 15)
Royal Palace of Turin, Savoy
SpouseCharles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy
FatherGaston d'Orléans
MotherMarguerite of Lorraine

Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans (13 October 1648 – 14 January 1664) was born a Princess of France and was the Duchess of Savoy as the first wife of Charles Emmanuel II.[1] She was a first cousin of Louis XIV as well of her husband. She was the shortest-serving Savoyard consort, dying at the age of fifteen, childless.


Arms of Françoise Madeleine d'Orléans while Duchess of Savoy

Orléans was born at the Château de Saint Germain en Laye outside Paris in 1648. She was the youngest surviving daughter of Gaston d'Orléans and his second wife Marguerite of Lorraine. From birth, she was styled Mademoiselle de Valois, derived from one of her father's subsidiary titles. She was the favourite sister of La Grande Mademoiselle, the famous heiress.[2] She grew up in the company of her sisters and Mademoiselle de La Vallière, future mistress of Louis XIV. She resided at the Château de Blois. Her father died in 1660 and her mother remained unmarried.

As French court etiquette dictated, she held the status of a Granddaughter of France as a male line descendant of the late king Henry IV of France. She was styled as a petite-fille de France.

Under the influence of her paternal aunt Christine Marie, Dowager Duchess of Savoy, she was engaged to her first cousin Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy.[1][3] Christine Marie had chosen her as she had wanted to maintain her power and influence in government having previously been regent for her son since 1637. The match was approved of by Cardinal Mazarin who had previously rejected Marie Jeanne of Savoy, another candidate for Charles Emmanuel II.[3] Orléans proved suitably docile and was chosen over Marie Jeanne.[4]

Orléans married the Duke of Savoy by proxy at the Palais du Louvre on 4 March 1663. The couple met for the first time at Annecy on 3 April 1663 where they were married officially.[5][3] The couple travelled to Turin, capital of Savoy, where they arrived on 15 June 1663. She was known as Francesca Maddalena d'Orléans in her adopted Savoy.

The duchess soon died on 14 Jan 1664 at the Royal Palace of Turin, leaving her husband without an heir.[6] She was buried at Turin Cathedral where she rests today. Her husband, inconsolable at her death, ordered a lavish funeral. After Orléans' death, Louis XIV tried to engage La Grande Mademoiselle to Charles Emmanuel II who refused the match.[1] He later married again to Marie Jeanne of Savoy by whom he had a son.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Fraser 2006, p. 58.
  2. ^ Sackville-West 1959, p. 354.
  3. ^ a b c Oresko 2004, p. 20.
  4. ^ Williams 1909, p. 7.
  5. ^ Sackville-West 1959, p. 355.
  6. ^ Oresko 2004, p. 21.
  7. ^ Oresko 2004, p. 18.
  8. ^ a b Anselme 1726, pp. 145–147.
  9. ^ a b Anselme 1726, pp. 147–148.
  10. ^ a b Anselme 1726, pp. 143–144.
  11. ^ a b Leonie Frieda (14 March 2006). Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France. HarperCollins. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-06-074493-9. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d Cartwright, Julia Mary (1913). Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590. New York: E. P. Dutton. p. 538.
  13. ^ a b c d "Un administrateur au temps de Louis XIV". Messager des sciences historiques (in French). Ghent: 256. 1883.
  14. ^ a b Anselme 1726, pp. 328–329.
  15. ^ a b Anselme 1726, p. 211.
  16. ^ a b "The Medici Granducal Archive and the Medici Archive Project" (PDF). p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 January 2006.
  17. ^ a b Wurzbach, Constantin, von, ed. (1860). "Habsburg, Johanna von Oesterreich (Tochter des Kaisers Ferdinand I.)" . Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich [Biographical Encyclopedia of the Austrian Empire] (in German). Vol. 6. p. 290 – via Wikisource.
  18. ^ a b Anselme 1726, pp. 133–135.
  19. ^ a b Bertholet, Jean (1742). Histoire ecclesiastique et civile du Duche de Luxembourg et Comte de Chiny (in French). Vol. 3. A. Chevalier. p. 39. Retrieved 16 September 2018.


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Cadet branch of the House of Bourbon
Born: 13 October 1648 Died: 14 January 1664
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Title last held by
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Title next held by
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Title next held by
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