Françoise d'Alençon

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Françoise d'Alençon (1490 – September 14, 1550) was the eldest daughter of René of Alençon and Margaret of Lorraine,[1] and the younger sister and despoiled heiress of Charles IV, Duke of Alençon.

Françoise d'Alençon
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Died14 September 1550(1550-09-14) (aged 59–60)
La Flèche
Noble familyHouse of Valois
Spouse(s)Francis II, Duke of Longueville
Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme
FatherRené of Alençon
MotherMargaret of Lorraine

The sister and heiress of Charles IV of Alençon, she was despoiled of her heritage by her sister-in-law Marguerite of Angoulême, sister of King Francis I of France.

Her son Antoine, however, went on to marry Jeanne III of Navarre, born of the second marriage of Marguerite with Henry II of Navarre. The grandson of Françoise and Marguerite, Henry de Bourbon, would become King of France and Navarre.


In 1505, Françoise married Francis II, Duke of Longueville. They had 2 children:

  • Jacques d'Orléans-Longueville (1511–1512), unmarried
  • Renée d'Orléans-Longueville, Countess of Dunois (1508–1515), unmarried

On 18 May 1513, Françoise married, secondly, Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme.[1] They had 13 children:


  1. ^ a b c d Potter 1995, p. 378.


  • Potter, David (1995). Keen, Maurice (ed.). A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. Macmillan.