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Charles II of Albret

Charles II of Albret

French magnate and administrator
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French magnate and administrator
Countries France
Occupations Politician Military personnel
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1407
Death 1 January 1471
Father: Charles I of Albret
Spouse: Anne of Armagnac
Children: Jean I of AlbretJoan II of AlbretLouis d'Albret
The details

Charles II d'Albret (1407—1471) was a French magnate, administrator, and soldier.

He was the son of Charles I of Albret and Marie de Sully. His father died in 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt, leaving the younger Charles as lord of Albret and titular Count of Dreux, titular count since after Agincourt the lands of the county of Dreux were in English hands. As a member of the Armagnac faction, Charles was a supporter of the Dauphin Charles, future Charles VII of France.

His links to the Armagnacs were strengthened by his marriage in 1417 to Anne of Armagnac, daughter of Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, from whom the faction took its name, and Bonne de Berry.

Charles served on the royal council of Dauphin Charles and in 1427 joined with Richemont and Yolande of Aragon in removing the Dauphin's unpopular favourite Pierre de Giac. De Giac was soon afterwards executed by drowning. He took part in the campaigns of Joan of Arc, and was named lieutenant of the province of Berry. He was confirmed in possession of the county of Dreux in 1441 by King Charles VII.


On his death Albret passed to his grandson Alain (called Alain the Great), Jean's son, but he left the county of Dreux to his third son, Arnaud Amanieu. Alain, however, seized control of the county. His fourth son, Charles, was executed for treason in 1473.

Charles and Anne had seven children;

  • Jean d'Albret (1420–1468)
  • Louis d'Albret, Cardinal (1422–1465)
  • Arnaud Amanieu d'Albret, d.1463, grandfather of Marie d'Albret, Countess of Rethel
  • Charles d'Albret, d.1473
  • Gilles d'Albret, d.1479
  • Marie d'Albret, d.1486, married Charles I, Count of Nevers, on 11 June 1456, no issue
  • Jeanne d'Albret, d.1444, married Arthur III, Duke of Brittany, on 29 August 1442, no issue
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