Jacques d'Albon, Seigneur de Saint André

Jacques d'Albon, Seigneur de Saint-André (c. 1505-1562) was a French soldier and favorite of Henry II of France. He was made marshal of France, governor of Lyonnais and ambassador in England. He served with great bravery against the emperor Charles V in 1552. In 1557 he was taken prisoner at the battle of Saint Quentin, but was released the following year, and took part in negotiating the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis. In April 1561, several months after the death of Francis II, he formed an alliance with the Constable of France Anne de Montmorency and Francis, duke of Guise, known as the triumvirate. Their aim was to combat Protestantism and limit the influence of the queen-mother, Catherine de' Medici. Saint-André was killed on the field at the Battle of Dreux by de-Mezieres-en-Drouais as the result of a personal grudge.[1]

Portrait of Jacques d'Albon c. 1562 (musée national du château et des Trianons, Versailles)
Jacques d'Albon, seigneur de Saint-André by Jean-François-Théodore Gechter, Galerie des batailles at the château de Versailles


  1. ^ Potter, David (2001). "The French Protestant Nobility in 1562: 'The Associocon de Monseigneur le Prince de Conde'". French History. 15 No. 3: 321.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Saint André, Jacques d'Albon, Seigneur de". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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