François Joseph, Duke of Guise
François Joseph de Lorraine (Paris, 28 August 1670 – 16 March 1675, Paris), Duke of Guise, Duke of Alençon and Duke of Angoulême, was the only son of Louis Joseph de Lorraine, Duke of Guise and Élisabeth Marguerite d'Orléans, suo jure duchess of Alençon.
Born at the Hôtel de Guise in Paris to the daughter of Gaston d'Orléans and the head of the Princely House of Guise, Francis Joseph would be their only child. He was a first cousin of the last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany Gian Gastone de' Medici; he was also of second cousin of Louis XIV and nephew of the famous La Grande Mademoiselle.
At the death of his maternal grandmother Marguerite of Lorraine in 1672 Francis Joseph and his mother moved into the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.
The last male of the senior line of the House of Guise, he was unfortunately sickly. Still unable to walk unaided at age four, he was dropped by his nurse and died from a head injury in 1675. He died at the Luxembourg Palace. He was succeeded by his great-aunt Marie de Lorraine.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 28 August 1670 - 30 July 1671 His Highness the Duke of Alençon (duc d'Alençon)
- 30 July 1671 - 16 March 1675 His Highness the Duke of Guise, Joyeuse and Prince of Joinville
- Present Hôtel de Soubise whom the Prince of Soubise bought from the Guise family in 1700
- Patricia M. Ranum, Portraits around Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Baltimore, 2004, pp. 405-11
- As a member of the House of Guise, Francis Joseph was a "foreign prince naturalized in France" which gave him the style of His/Your Highness
Louis Joseph de Lorraine
|Duke of Guise and Joyeuse
Prince of Joinville
| Succeeded by|
Marie de Lorraine