Louise de Montmorency

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Louise de Montmorency (1496–1547) was a French noblewoman from the ancient House of Montmorency.


She was the younger sister of Anne de Montmorency, Constable of France, and the mother of Gaspard de Coligny, Admiral of France.

Louise married her first husband, Ferri de Mailly, in 1511. This marriage produced a daughter, Madeleine de Mailly. Ferry died in 1513, and Louise remarried in 1514 to Gaspard I de Coligny. From her second marriage she had three sons, all of whom played important roles in the first period of the French Wars of Religion: Odet, Cardinal de Châtillon; Gaspard, the Admiral; and François, Seigneur d'Andelot.

She had considerable patronage power independently of her husband,[1][2] and had an important role in spreading the influence of Calvinism in France in the 16th Century.[3]

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  1. ^ "The patronage power of early modern French noblewomen" by Sharon Kettering. The Historical Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 817-841 JSTOR
  2. ^ "The Montmorencys and the Abbey of Sainte Trinité, Caen: Politics, Profit and Reform" by Joan Davies The Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2002), 53 : 665-685 doi:10.1017/S002204690200427X
  3. ^ "The Development of Protestantism in 16th Century France" by Graham Noble; History Review, 2002 Questia link