Tiphaine Raguenel

Tiphaine Raguenel (c. 1335 – 1373) was a Breton noblewoman and astrologer. She was the first wife of Bertrand du Guesclin.

Tiphaine Raguenel
Paul de Semant - Wedding of Bertrand du Guesclin and Tiphaine Raguenel - (MeisterDrucke-122648).jpg
Marriage of du Guesclin and Tiphaine Raguenel by Paul de Sémant
Born1335 (1335)
Died1373 (aged 37–38)
Bertrand du Guesclin
(m. 1363)
  • Robin Raguenel (father)
  • Jeanne de Dinan (mother)


She was the oldest daughter of Robin Raguenel, seigneur de Chatel-Ogier and a veteran of the Combat of the Thirty. Her mother was Jeanne de Dinan, vicomtesse de La Bellière.

In 1363, she married Bertrand du Guesclin in a grand ceremony at the cathedral in Vitré.[1] The marriage was later depicted in a sketch by Paul de Sémant.

Raguenel had a reputation as a learned woman, and as an accomplished astrologer. In 1359, before marrying her husband, she had predicted his victory against Thomas of Canterbury. She is said to have also predicted other results of his battles. While initially treating Raguenel's predictions with contempt, he gave them for credit following the French loss in Battle of Auray, which occurred on a date Raguenel claimed was unfavorable.[2] She and her husband lived in Mont-Saint-Michel.[3] Her former home has been restored and converted into a monument, Logis Tiphaine [fr].

In 2012, a skull attributed to her was found in a reliquary box in an old house in Dinan, and given to the library in Dinan by an anonymous donor.[4]


  1. ^ Vernier 2007, p. 53.
  2. ^ Minois, Georges (2014-04-01). Du Guesclin (in French). Fayard. ISBN 978-2-213-64852-1.
  3. ^ "Logis Tiphaine at Mont Saint-Michel | World Heritage Journeys of Europe". visitworldheritage.com. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Le crâne de Tiphaine Raguenel retrouvé à Dinan plus de 600 ans après sa mort". ouest-france.fr (in French). 13 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2021.


  • Vernier, Richard (2007). The Flower of Chivalry: Bertrand Du Guesclin and the Hundred Years War. D.S. Brewer.