Françoise d'Alençon

Françoise d'Alençon

Françoise d'Alençon (1490 – September 14, 1550) was the eldest daughter of René of Alençon and Margaret of Lorraine, and the younger sister and despoiled heiress of Charles IV, Duke of Alençon.[1]

The sister and heiress of Charles IV of Alençon, she was despoiled of her heritage by her sister-in-law Marguerite of Angoulême, sister of King Francis I of France.

Her son Antoine, however, went on to marry Jeanne III of Navarre, born of the second marriage of Marguerite with Henry II of Navarre.


On 1505, Françoise married Francis II, Duke of Longueville. They had 2 children:

  • Jacques d'Orléans-Longueville (1511–1512), unmarried
  • Renée d'Orléans-Longueville, Countess of Dunois (1508–1515), unmarried

On 18 May 1513, Françoise married, secondly, Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme. They had 13 children: