Charlotte of France -

Charlotte of France

Charlotte in 1524, by Jean Clouet
Born23 October 1516
Château d'Amboise
Died18 September 1524 (aged 7)
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
HouseHouse of Valois-Angoulême
FatherFrancis I of France
MotherClaude of France
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Charlotte of France (23 October 1516 – 18 September 1524) was the second child and second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude.


Early life

Charlotte was born in the Château d'Amboise, on 23 October 1516, the second daughter and child of King Francis I and Queen Claude. She had greenish blue eyes and bright red hair. She was one of the six children of the King and Queen that had red hair, a trait inherited from Anne of Brittany, Claude's mother. She lived a happy life, moving from the Château d'Amboise to the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye before March 1519.

Later life and death

The Princess spent all of her remaining days at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She had always been a delicate, frail child. At age seven, she contracted measles, the same disease which had killed her half-uncle, Charles Orlando, Dauphin of France, thirty years earlier. The only person who looked after her while she was sick was her aunt, Margaret of Angoulême, as her mother had already died two months earlier, her grandmother Louise of Savoy was very sick, and her father had gone to war. He was later imprisoned, so was nowhere near his daughter at the time of her death. It appears as if Charlotte was very close to her aunt, who was heartbroken and distraught when her "little one"[citation needed] died, on 18 September 1524.



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Categories: 1516 births | 1524 deaths | Burials at the Basilica of St Denis | French princesses | House of Valois-Angoulême | Infectious disease deaths in France | Deaths from measles | People from Amboise | French people of Italian descent | Child deaths | French people of Breton descent

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