Duke of Joyeuse

The Viscounty of Joyeuse was elevated to a Duchy in 1581 by King Henry III of France for his favourite Anne de Joyeuse.

House of Joyeuse

Henriette Catherine married twice: first to the vastly wealthy Henri de Bourbon, Duke of Montpensier; then to Charles de Lorraine, Duke of Guise. From her first marriage, she was the maternal grandmother of la Grande Mademoiselle. In 1647, Henriette Catherine gave the duchy to her son Louis de Lorraine.

House of Guise

married Marie Françoise de Valois, duchesse d'Angoulême, daughter of Louis Emmanuel, Duke of Angoulême, who succeeded her father in 1653.
married Élisabeth Marguerite d'Orléans, first cousin of Louis XIV.

Without any heirs, Marie ceded the duchy of Joyeuse to her cousin the Duke of Elbeuf in 1688.

Branch of Elbeuf

1690-1693 : Louis XIV confiscated the duchy after Charles François entered into the service of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor. It was given to Charles' brother Jean François Paul.

House of Melun

He married Armande de La Tour d'Auvergne and had no issue; married Marie Anne de Bourbon secretly and had no issue.
At his death, the title passed to his nephew Charles de Rohan (1715 † 1787), son of Jules de Rohan, prince de Soubise and Anne Julie de Melun, sister of Louis.

References and notes

  1. Bunel, Arnaud. "Duché de Joyesue". heraldique-europeenne.org. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  2. Velde, François. "Armory of Old Regime (pre-1789) French Peerage". Heraldica.org. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
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