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Jean de Dunois
Coat of arms of the Counts of Longueville
Coat of arms of the d'Enghien family

Jean d'Orléans, count of Dunois (23 November 1402 – 24 November 1468), known as the "Bastard of Orléans" (French: bâtard d'Orléans) or simply Jean de Dunois, was a French military leader during the Hundred Years' War who participated in military campaigns with Joan of Arc.[1] He was the illegitimate son of Louis I, Duke of Orléans – himself a son of King Charles V of France – and his mistress Mariette d'Enghien.[2] His nickname, the "Bastard of Orléans", was a term of higher hierarchy and respect, since it acknowledged him as a first cousin to the king and acting head of a cadet branch of the royal family during his half-brother's captivity. In 1439 he received the county of Dunois from his half-brother Charles, Duke of Orléans, and later king Charles VII made him count of Longueville.[1]



In 1407, Jean's father, Louis I, Duke of Orléans was assassinated.[1] Eight years later, his half-brother, Charles, Duke of Orléans was captured at the Battle of Agincourt and remained a prisoner of the English for twenty-five years.[1] This left Jean the only adult male to represent the house of Orléans.[1] He was Knight of the Order of the Porcupine.

Jean joined the civil war in France in the time of Charles VI on the side of the Armagnacs, and was captured by the Burgundians in 1418. Released in 1420, he entered the service of the Dauphin Charles, fighting in the Hundred Years' War against English forces. The future count of Dunois led the French defenses at the siege of Orléans.[1] Together with Joan of Arc he relieved the siege.[1] He joined her on the campaigns of 1429 and remained active after her death.[1]

Jean took part in the coronation of Charles VII and in 1436 he aided in the capture of Paris. He was prominent in the conquest of Guienne and Normandy in the final years of the Hundred Years War. He participated in the Praguerie against Charles VII and was a leader of the League of the Public Weal against King Louis XI in 1465, but each time he regained favor at court.

Marriages and progenyEdit

He married Marie Louvet (d. 1426) in April 1422 at Bourges, by whom he had no children.

He married a second time to Marie of Harcourt (d. 1464),[3] Lady of Parthenay 26 October 1439 and had two children:

  • Jean (1443-1453)[4]
  • François Ι d'Orléans-Longueville (1447–1491), Count of Dunois, Tancarville, Longueville, and Montgomery, married 2 July 1466 to Agnès of Savoy (1445–1508)[4]
  • Marie (1440-?), married 1466 to Louis de la Haye, Lord of Passavant and Mortagne.[4]
  • Catherine d'Orléans (1449–1501), married 14 May 1468 to Johann II of Nassau-Saarbrücken (1430–1472), Count of Roucy[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Emery 2016, p. 322.
  2. ^ Sowerby & Hennings 2017, p. 86.
  3. ^ Gillerman 1994, p. 169.
  4. ^ a b c d Potter 1995, p. 373.


  • Emery, Anthony (2016). Seats of Power in Europe during the Hundred Years War. Oxbow Books.
  • Gillerman, Dorothy W. (1994). Enguerran De Marigny and the Church of Notre-Dame at Ecouis: Art and Patronage in the Reign of Philip the Fair. Pennsylvania University Press.
  • Potter, David (1995). A History of France, 1460-1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. St. Martin's Press.
  • Sowerby, Tracey A.; Hennings, Jan, eds. (2017). Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World C.1410-1800. Routledge.

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