Charles II de Croÿ
He was the eldest son of Philippe II de Croÿ, Duke of Aarschot, and Anne de Croÿ, Princess of Chimay. After his mother's death in 1539, he inherited the Principality of Chimay, and after his father's death in 1549, the Duchy of Aarschot, thus uniting for the first time the two great titles of the House of Croÿ .
He married in 1541 Louise of Lorraine (1521–1542), daughter of Claude, Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon. After the early death of Louise, he married Antoinette of Burgundy (1529–1588) in 1549. Antoinette was the sister of Maximilian II of Burgundy, who was married to Charles' sister, Louise de Croÿ (1524–1585).
Charles de Croÿ was murdered in 1551 in Quiévrain. Because he had no children, all his titles and possessions went to his younger brother Philippe III de Croÿ. His widow later married Jacques d’Anneux, Seigneur d‘Aubencourt.
- Carroll 2009, p. 57.
- Carroll, Stuart (2009). Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe. Oxford University Press.