François Annibal d'Estrées

François-Annibal d'Estrées, duc d'Estrées (1573 – 5 May 1670 in Paris) was a French diplomat, soldier and Marshal of France.[1]


A fictional portrait by Paulin Guérin, 1838

François-Annibal was the son of Antoine d'Estrées and Françoise Babou de La Bourdaisière and the brother of Gabrielle d'Estrées, the lover of Henry IV of France. He was destined for the church but preferred a military career and joined the army as marquis de Coeuvres where he became Lieutenant General.

In 1624, under Maria of Medici, he was given supreme command over the troops of France, Venice and Savoy, in the conquest of Veltlin. For this, he was given in 1626 the title of Marshal of France. In 1630 he tried in vain to conquer Mantua. In 1632 he was put in command of the Rhine-army and took Trier.

After his military career, he became a diplomat.

Between 1636 and 1648 he was the French envoy in Rome. After this Louis XIV promoted the Marquisat of Coeuvres to the Dukedom of Estrées. François-Annibal was appointed Governor of Île de France and later Soissons.

His son Jean II d'Estrées and grandson Victor-Marie d'Estrées also reached the rank of Marshal of France.

With his first wife Marie de Béthune he had:

With his second wife Anne Habert he had a daughter:


  1. ^ "François Annibal d'Estrées". British Museum. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  2. ^ Pelletier, Monique (2009). "Scientific Connections, Ambitions and Financial Difficulties of the d'Estrées Family". Globe Studies. 55/56 (55/56): 153–160. JSTOR 23993956. Retrieved 6 December 2020.