Charles I de Croÿ
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In 1486, Maximilian raised Charles's County of Chimay to Principality. Charles was from then on a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire. Furthermore, in 1491 he became a Knight in Order of the Golden Fleece.
In 1500, Charles had the honor of being the godfather at the baptism of Charles V. He became tutor of the young Charles, but because of frictions with the prince's aunt Margaret, he resigned in 1509 in favour of his cousin William de Croÿ.
Charles was in 1519 one of the negotiators during the talks which led to a militar alliance with John II, Duke of Cleves.
Marriage and Children
Charles married Louise d'Albret, daughter of Alain I of Albret.
They had eight children of which only two daughters survived: