Jean IV de Brosse

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Jean IV de Brosse
Comte de Penthièvre
Duc d'Étampes
Duc de Chevreuse
Duc d'etampes.jpg
Portrait by Corneille de Lyon
Spouse(s) Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly
Noble family Brosse
Father René de Brosse
Mother Jeanne de Commines
Born 1505
Lamballe, Brittany, France
Died 1564 (aged 58–59)

Jean IV de Brosse (1505 in Lamballe – 1564) was the son of René de Brosse and Jeanne de Commines (daughter of Philippe de Commines).

After the death of his father at the Battle of Pavia, he succeeded him as Count of Penthièvre.

In 1533, he married Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly, the mistress of Francis I of France, and was shortly thereafter created Count, then Duke of Étampes. However, he was greatly impoverished by the expenditures necessary to maintain their position at court. With the death of Francis I, the antipathy of Diane de Poitiers compelled Jean to retreat to Brittany, where he had been appointed governor in 1543; she also obtained his duchy of Étampes. After the death of Henry II of France and the fall of Diane, he was able to regain the duchy, but died not long thereafter.

French nobility
Preceded by
René
Comte de Penthièvre
1525–1564
Succeeded by
Sebastian
Preceded by
Jean
Comte d'Étampes
1534–1536
Succeeded by
elevated to Duchy
Preceded by
elevated from County
Duc d'Étampes
1536–1553
Succeeded by
Diane
Preceded by
elevated from Barony
Duc de Chevreuse
1545–1555
Succeeded by
Charles I
Preceded by
Diane
Duc d'Étampes
1562–1564
Succeeded by
to royal domain