Charles, Count of Angoulême

Charles of Orléans (1459 – 1 January 1496) (French: Charles d'Orléans) was the Count of Angoulême from 1467 until his death. He succeeded his father, John, and was initially under the regency of his mother, Marguerite de Rohan, assisted by Jean I de La Rochefoucauld, one of his vassals.

Charles of Orléans, Count of Angoulême
Posthumous portrait
Died1 January 1496(1496-01-01) (aged 36–37)
Noble familyValois
Spouse(s)Louise of Savoy
IssueMarguerite, Queen of Navarre
Francis I of France
FatherJohn, Count of Angoulême
MotherMarguerite de Rohan

Charles commissioned the luxuriously illustrated Heures de Charles d'Angoulême.


Charles was a grandson of Louis I, Duke of Orléans, a younger son of King Charles V of France. He was thus a member of the Orléans cadet branch of the ruling House of Valois. The Orléans came to the throne in 1498 in the person of Charles's cousin Louis XII, who was followed in 1515 by Charles's own son Francis I.[1]

Marriage and issueEdit

Charles married Louise of Savoy, daughter of Philip the Landless and Margaret of Bourbon, on 16 February 1488.[2]

They had:

Charles also had two illegitimate daughters by his mistress Jeanne (often mistakenly called Antoinette by confusion with a member of a quite distinct family by the same name) de Polignac,[4] Dame de Combronde, who was his wife's lady-in-waiting:

He also had an illegitimate daughter by mistress Jeanne Le Conte:[4]

  • Souveraine d'Angoulême (died 23 February 1551),[4] married Michel III de Gaillard, Seigneur de Chilly. In 1534 Married French Ambassador Louis de Perreau, Sieur de Castillon.



  1. ^ Knecht 1982, p. xvi.
  2. ^ Knecht 1982, p. 1.
  3. ^ Reid 2009, p. 56-57.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Knecht 1982, p. 2.


  • Knecht, R.J. (1982). Francis I. Cambridge University Press.
  • Reid, Jonathan A. (2009). Gow, Andrew Colin (ed.). King's Sister - Queen of Dissent: Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549) and her Evangelical Network. Vol. 1. Brill.
Charles, Count of Angoulême
Cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty
Born: 1459 Died: 1 January 1496
French nobility
Preceded by Count of Angoulême
30 April 1467 – 1 January 1496
Succeeded by