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Henri II, Duke of Lorraine

Henry II "the Good"
Duke of Lorraine

Spouse Catherine de Bourbon
Margherita Gonzaga
Nicole, Duchess of Lorraine
Claude, Duchess of Lorraine
Full name
Father Charles III, Duke of Lorraine
Mother Claude of France
Born (1563-11-08)8 November 1563
Ducal Palace of Nancy, Lorraine
Died 31 July 1624(1624-07-31) (aged 60)
Ducal Palace of Nancy, Lorraine

Henry II (French: Henri II; 8 November 1563 – 31 July 1624), known as "the Good (le Bon)", was Duke of Lorraine from 1608 until his death. Leaving no sons, both of his daughters became Duchesses of Lorraine by marriage. He was a brother-in-law of Henry IV of France.

History and Family

He was the son of Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, and Claude of Valois, daughter of Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici. His paternal grandparents were Francis I, Duke of Lorraine, and Christina of Denmark.

He married, firstly, Catherine de Bourbon, Duchess of Albret, sister of Henry IV of France. The couple were married at the Château de Saint Germain-en-Laye outside Paris on 31 January 1599. The bride was already 40 years of age and the union was merely to secure relations with the House of Bourbon which had previously been rivals with the House of Lorraine.

Catherine died childless in 1604. With no issue from that union, Duke Henri married, secondly, Margherita Gonzaga on 24 April 1606 in Mantua. She was a daughter of Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and his wife Eleonora de' Medici (a sister of Marie de' Medici, Henry IV's wife). Margherita's sister Eleonor Gonzaga was a future Holy Roman Empress.

Henri was succeeded by his younger brother as Francis II, Duke of Lorraine.



Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 8 November 1563 – 14 May 1608 The Hereditary Prince of Lorraine
  • 14 May 1608 – 31 July 1624 His Highness The Duke of Lorraine

See also

Kingdom of France portal
Preceded by
Charles III
Duke of Lorraine and Bar and Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson
Succeeded by
Nicole and Francis II
Preceded by
Marquis of Nomeny

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