Charles III, Count of Alençon

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Charles III of Alençon (1337 – 5 July 1375, Lyon) was the eldest son of Charles II of Alençon and Maria de la Cerda.[1]

Coat of arms of the counts and dukes of Alençon of the House of Valois.

He succeeded his father as Count of Alençon in 1346, but resigned the county to his brother Peter II of Alençon in 1361 to take up an ecclesiastical career.

On 13 July 1365, Charles was made Archbishop of Lyon. As archbishop, he firmly resisted royal encroachment on his rights as Primate of France. By 1366, he was patronizing a circle of scholars including, Nicholas de Mesereyo.[2]


  1. ^ Doubleday 2001, p. 172.
  2. ^ Courtenay 2011, p. 945.


  • Courtenay, William J. (2011). "Theological Bachelors at Paris on the Eve of the Papal Schism. The Academic Environment of Peter of Candia". In Speer, Andreas; Emery, Kent; Friedman, Russell (eds.). Philosophy and Theology in the Long Middle Ages: A Tribute to Stephen F. Brown. Brill.
  • Doubleday, Simon R. (2001). The Lara Family: Crown and Nobility in Medieval Spain. Harvard University Press.
Preceded by
Charles II
Count of Alençon
Succeeded by
Peter II