Louis II, Cardinal of Guise

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Louis II

Louis II, Cardinal of Guise (6 July 1555, Dampierre – 24 December 1588, Château de Blois), was the third son of Francis, Duke of Guise, and Anna d'Este.[1]


He was elected archbishop of Reims in 1574, succeeding his uncle, Charles of Guise. On 21 February 1578, he was created cardinal; he took the title of Cardinal of Guise, succeeding his uncle, Louis I, Cardinal of Guise.[2] He was later named papal legate to Avignon, and made by Henry III of France a knight of the Order of Saint Esprit.

His dedication to the cause of his brother Henry I, Duke of Guise, and intransigence to the royal power provoked the hostility of Henry III. At the royal command, the Cardinal was assassinated at the Château de Blois by the King's bodyguard known as "the Forty-five", the day after his brother.[3]

An illegitimate son, Louis bâtard de Guise (1588–1631), born of his liaison with Aimerie de Lescheraine, dame de Grimaucourt, was legitimised in 1610, after his father's death.

Louis become prince of Lexin and married Henriette de Lorraine, daughter of Francis II, Duke of Lorraine.

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  1. ^ Carroll 2016, p. 311.
  2. ^ Carroll 2016, p. 224.
  3. ^ Eire 2016, p. 538.


  • Carroll, Stuart (2009). Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe. Oxford University Press.
  • Eire, Carlos M. N. (2016). Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650. Yale University Press.