Francis I, Duke of Lorraine

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Francis I
Duke of Lorraine and Bar
SuccessorCharles III
Born(1517-08-23)23 August 1517
Died12 June 1545(1545-06-12) (aged 27)
SpouseChristina of Denmark
IssueCharles III, Duke of Lorraine
Renata, Duchess of Bavaria
Dorothea of Lorraine
FatherAntoine, Duke of Lorraine
MotherRenée de Bourbon-Montpensier

Francis I (French: François Ier de Lorraine) (23 August 1517 – 12 June 1545) was Duke of Lorraine from 1544–1545.


Born in Nancy, he was the eldest son of Antoine, Duke of Lorraine and Renée de Bourbon, daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier. He was briefly engaged in the mid-1530s to Anne of Cleves, who in 1540 would become the fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England.

Francis married the Princess Christina of Denmark, a daughter of King Christian II and Isabella of Burgundy (who had herself been a potential bride of Henry VIII). Francis died at Remiremont in 1545, leaving Christina as the Regent of Lorraine and as the guardian of their young children.


By Christina of Denmark (c.1521 – 1590; married in 1541)

Name Birth Death Notes
Charles 1543 1608 married Claude of Valois and had issue.
Renata 1544 1602 married William V, Duke of Bavaria and had issue.
Dorothea 1545 1621 married in 1575, Eric II, Duke of Calenberg and had no issue

See also[edit]

Francis I, Duke of Lorraine
Born: 23 August 1517 Died: 12 June 1545
Preceded by
Duke of Lorraine and Bar and Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson
Succeeded by
Charles III