Alphonse Henri, Count of Harcourt

Alphonse Henri de Lorraine (Alphonse Henri Charles; 14 August 1648 – 19 October 1718) was a member of the House of Lorraine and Count of Harcourt.

Alphonse Henri
Count of Harcourt
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Coat-of-arms of Harcourt
Born(1648-08-14)14 August 1648
France
Died19 October 1718(1718-10-19) (aged 70)
France
SpouseMarie Françoise de Brancas
Issue
Detail
Anne Marie Joseph, Count of Harcourt
François Marie, Count of Maubec
Full name
Alphonse Henri Charles de Lorraine
HouseLorraine-Guise
FatherFrançois Louis, Count of Harcourt
MotherAnne d'Ornano

BiographyEdit

Born to François Louis, Count of Harcourt and his wife, Anne d'Ornano, he was the couple's third child. His older brother, François de Lorraine, Batard d'Harcourt, was illegitimate, having been born before his parents were married. As such, François was not entitled to inherit his father's land and titles.

As such, at his father's death in 1694, Alphonshe became the Count of Harcourt having been styled as the Prince d'Harcourt.

At the age of eighteen, he married Marie Françoise de Brancas on 21 February 1667 in Paris. The couple had three children, two sons and a daughter. Françoise was the eldest of two daughters born to Charles de Brancas and his wife Suzanne Garnier. Her sister Marie married into the Brancas family.

Alphonse Henri died at the age of 70 during the Regency of Philippe d'Orléans (Regent for the minority of Louis XV). His wife died in 1715.

IssueEdit

  • Suzanne de Lorraine, Mademoiselle d'Harcourt (16 October 1668–January 1671) died in infancy;
  • Anne Marie Joseph de Lorraine, Prince de Guise, Count of Harcourt (30 April 1679 – 29 April 1739) married Marie Louise Jeannin de Castille and had issue;
  • François Marie de Lorraine, Count of Maubec (10 August 1686 – 1706) died at the Guastalla during the War of the Spanish Succession.

References and notesEdit

  • Georges Poull, La maison ducale de Lorraine, 1991