Antoine, Count of Vaudémont

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Antoine of Vaudémont (c. 1400 – 22 March 1458) was Count of Vaudémont and Sieur de Joinville from 1418 to 1458. By marriage, he was also Count of Harcourt, Count of Aumale, and Baron of Elbeuf from 1452 to 1458.

Antoine, Count of Vaudémont
Tombeau d'Antoine de Vaudémont.jpg
Tomb of Antoine and his wife in the St-François-des-Cordeliers church in Nancy
Bornc. 1400
Died(1456-03-22)22 March 1456
BuriedSt-François-des-Cordeliers church in Nancy
Noble familyHouse of Lorraine
Spouse(s)Marie of Harcourt
Issue
FatherFrederick of Lorraine, Count of Vaudémont
MotherMargaret of Joinville

LifeEdit

His uncle Charles II, Duke of Lorraine had only daughters. Antoine didn't conceal his wish to inherit the Duchy of Lorraine, and quarrelled with Charles. Charles attacked Antoine, but Antoine had Philip the Good of Burgundy as an ally.

After Charles II died in 1431, Antoine attacked the new Duke, René of Anjou, defeating and capturing him at the Battle of Bulgnéville, on 1 July 1431.[1] A decade of negotiation followed, since Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor was unwilling to recognise Antoine as Duke, pronouncing for René in 1434.[2]

Ultimately, Antoine gave up his claim on the Duchy of Lorraine, by a treaty of 27 March 1441. In return, Antoine's County of Vaudémont was recognised as independent, and his son Frederick bethrothed to the Duke's daughter Yolande of Lorraine. The dynastic consequence was that Antoine's grandson became Duke.

Antoine also took part in several local armed conflicts.

FamilyEdit

He was the son of Frederick I of Lorraine, Count of Vaudémont and Margaret of Joinville.

He married Marie of Harcourt (1398–1476), on 12 August 1416. She was Countess of Harcourt, and of Aumale, and Baroness of Elbeuf. Her father was John VII of Harcourt, Count of Harcourt and Aumale, and her mother was Marie of Alençon. Their children were:

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Richard Vaughan, Philip the Good (2002 edition), p. 26.
  2. ^ Vaughan p. 70.

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Antoine, Count of Vaudémont
Born: c. 1400 Died: 22 March 1458
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Frederick I
Count of Vaudémont
1418–1458
Succeeded by
Frederick II
French nobility
Preceded by
John VII
Count of Aumale
Baron of Elbeuf
with Marie

1452–1458
Succeeded by
John VIII
with Marie