The Info List - House Of Lorraine

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LORRAINE: 1738 – Francis I ceded title in accordance with the Treaty of Vienna , gaining Tuscany

Holy Roman Empire, Luxembourg, Brabant, and Flanders: 1805 – Francis II & I ceded titles in accordance with the Peace of Pressburg

PARMA: 1847 – Marie Louise died without issue

TUSCANY: 1859 – Leopold II abdicated due to pressure from Italian nationalists

MEXICO: 1867 – Maximilian I executed by Liberal revolutionaries AUSTRIA, HUNGARY AND BOHEMIA: 1918 – Charles I at the turn of the 10th century they were Counts of Metz and ruled a set of lordships in Alsace
and Lorraine . The Renaissance
dukes of Lorraine tended to arrogate to themselves claims to Carolingian
ancestry, as illustrated by Alexandre Dumas, père
Alexandre Dumas, père
in the novel La Dame de Monsoreau (1846); in fact, so little documentation survives on the early generations that the reconstruction of a family tree for progenitors of the House of Alsace involves a good deal of guesswork.

What is more securely demonstrated is that in 1048 Emperor Henry III gave the Duchy of Upper Lorraine first to Adalbert of Metz and then to his brother Gerard whose successors (collectively known as the House of Alsace
or the House of Châtenois) retained the duchy until the death of Charles the Bold in 1431.


See also: House of Guise The Château du Grand Jardin in Joinville , the seat of the Counts and Dukes of Guise .

After a brief interlude of 1453–1473, when the duchy passed in right of Charles's daughter to her husband John of Calabria , a Capetian , Lorraine reverted to the House of Vaudemont, a junior branch of House of Lorraine, in the person of René II who later added to his titles that of Duke of Bar .

The French Wars of Religion
French Wars of Religion
saw the rise of a junior branch of the Lorraine family, the House of Guise , which became a dominant force in French politics and, during the later years of Henri III 's reign, was on the verge of succeeding to the throne of France. Mary of Guise
Mary of Guise
, mother of Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots
, also came from this family.

Under the Bourbon monarchy the remaining branch of the House of Guise, headed by the duc d' Elbeuf , remained part of the highest ranks of French aristocracy, while the senior branch of the House of Vaudemont continued to rule the independent duchies of Lorraine and Bar. Louis XIV
Louis XIV
's imperialist ambitions (which involved the occupation of Lorraine in 1669–97) forced the dukes into a permanent alliance with his archenemies, the Holy Roman Emperors
Holy Roman Emperors
from the House of Habsburg .


See also: Austria-Este and House of Hohenberg The coat of arms of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. The shield displays the marshaled arms of the Habsburg, Babenberg and Lorraine families.

Following the failure of both Emperor Joseph I and Emperor Charles VI to produce a son and heir, the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 left the throne to the latter's yet unborn daughter, Maria Theresa
Maria Theresa
. In 1736 Emperor Charles arranged her marriage to Francis of Lorraine who agreed to exchange his hereditary lands for the Grand Duchy of Tuscany (as well as Duchy of Teschen from the Emperor).

At Charles's death in 1740 the Habsburg lands passed to Maria Theresa and Francis, who was later elected Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
as Francis I. The Habsburg-Lorraine nuptials and dynastic union precipitated, and survived, the War of the Austrian Succession
War of the Austrian Succession
. Francis and Maria Theresa's daughters Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
and Maria Carolina became Queens of France
and Naples-Sicily , respectively; while their sons Joseph II and Leopold II succeeded to the imperial title.

Apart from the core Habsburg dominions, including the triple crowns of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia , several junior branches of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
reigned in the Italian duchies of Tuscany (until 1860), Parma
(until 1847) and Modena
(until 1859). Another member of the house, Archduke Maximilian of Austria , was Emperor of Mexico (1863–67).

In 1900, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (then heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne) contracted a morganatic marriage with Countess Sophie Chotek . Their descendants, known as the House of Hohenberg , have been excluded from succession to the Austro-Hungarian crown, but not that of Lorraine, where morganatic marriage has never been outlawed. Nevertheless, Otto von Habsburg , the eldest grandson of Franz Ferdinand's younger brother , was universally regarded as the head of the house until his death in 2011. It was at Nancy , the former capital of the House of Vaudemont, that the crown prince married Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen in 1951.


See also: Family tree of the German monarchs
Family tree of the German monarchs
, Dukes of Lorraine family tree , and List of heirs to the Austrian throne Francis I of Lorraine with his family.

The following is a list of ruling heads (after 1918 pretenders) of the house of Ardennes-Metz and its successor houses of Lorraine and Habsburg-Lorraine, from the start of securely documented genealogical history in the 11th century.


* Adalbert , Duke of Upper Lorraine r. 1047/8 * Gérard, Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Lorraine
, r. 1048–1070 * Theodoric (Thierry) II ,r. 1070–1115 * Simon I , r. 1115–1138 * Matthias I , r. 1138–1176 * Simon II , r. 1176–1215 * Frederick I , r. 1205/6 * Frederick II , r. 1206–1213 * Theobald I , r. 1213–1220 * Matthias II , r. 1220–1251 * Frederick III , c. 1251–1303 * Theobald II , r. 1303–1312 * Frederick IV , r. 1312–1328 * Rudolph , r. 1328–1346 (killed in the Battle of Crécy ) * John I , r. 1346–1390 * Charles II , r. 1390–1431

Charles II died without male heir, the duchy passing to Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine , consort of Naples by marriage to Duke René of Anjou . The duchy passed to their son John II (r. 1453–1470), whose son Nicholas I (r. 1470–1473) died without male heir. The title now went to Nicholas' aunt (sister of John II) Yolande .


The House of Lorraine
House of Lorraine
was formed by Yolande's marriage to René, Count of Vaudémont (1451–1508), who was descended from John I (Yolande's great-grandfather) via his younger son Frederick I, Count of Vaudémont (1346–1390), Antoine, Count of Vaudémont (c. 1395–1431) and Frederick II, Count of Vaudémont (1417–1470). René inherited the title of Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Lorraine
upon his marriage in 1473.

* René II, Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Lorraine
, r. 1473–1508 * Antoine , r. 1508–1544 * Francis I , r. 1544/5 * Charles III , r. 1545–1608 (his mother Christina of Denmark served as his regent during his minority)

* Henry II (I) , r. 1608–1624 (leaving no sons, both of his daughters became Duchesses of Lorraine by marriage)

* Nicole (m. Charles IV) * Claude (m. Nicholas II)

* Francis II , (son of Charles III, duke for six days in 1625, abdicated in favour of his son)

* Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Lorraine
r. 1624–1675 (briefly abdicated in favour of his brother in 1634)

* Nicholas Francis (Nicholas II) (briefly made duke during the French invasion of Lorraine in 1634)

* Charles V , r. 1675–1690 (son of Nicholas Francis) * Leopold , r. 1690–1729 * Francis (III) Stephen, Duke of Lorraine
Duke of Lorraine
, r. 1728–1737, Holy Roman Emperor (as Francis I) r. 1745–1765


* Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
(1741–1790), r. 1765–1790 * Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
(1747–1792), r. 1790–1792 * Francis II (1768–1835), Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
1792–1806, Emperor of Austria 1804–1835 * Ferdinand I (V) , Emperor of Austria
Emperor of Austria
(1793–1875), r. 1835–1848 (abdicated in 1848, succeeded by his nephew) * Franz Joseph I of Austria
Franz Joseph I of Austria
(1830–1916), r. 1848–1916, son of Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
(1802–1878) (a younger son of Francis II)

The heir of Franz Joseph, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria , committed suicide in 1889. Franz Joseph was succeeded by his grandnephew Charles I , son of Archduke Otto Francis , the son of Archduke Karl Ludwig , a younger brother of Franz Joseph.

* Blessed Charles of Austria (Charles I and IV) (1887–1922), r. 1916–1919 (dissolution of the monarchy) * Otto von Habsburg (1912–2011) * Karl von Habsburg
Karl von Habsburg
(b. 1961) * Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg , heir apparent (b. 1997)


* ^ A B Gordon Brook-Shepherd. Uncrowned Emperor: the Life and Times of Otto von Habsburg. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2003. ISBN 1-85285-439-1 . Pages XI, 179, 216. * ^ A B C Cawley, Charles, Lorraine, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy ,, in Medieval Lands Project * ^ See Chapter XXI. * ^ William W. Kibler, Grover A. Zinn. Medieval France: an Encyclopedia. Routledge, 1995. ISBN 0-8240-4444-4 . Page 561. * ^ Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages (ed. by André Vauchez). Routledge, 2000. ISBN 1-57958-282-6 . Page 1227. * ^ Robert Knecht. The Valois: Kings of France
1328–1589. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007. ISBN 1-85285-522-3 . Page 214. * ^ Brook-Shepherd also notes that morganatic alliances were not forbidden by ancient Magyar laws. See Brook-Shepherd 179.


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