Anne de Beaujeu

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Anne de Beaujeu

Anne de Beaujeu , also Anne de France , (* April 1461 in Genappe ; † November 14, 1522 in Chantelle ) was the eldest surviving daughter of the French King Louis XI. and his second wife Charlotte of Savoy .


Anne was married to Pierre de Beaujeu , later Duke of Bourbon , in 1474 . The couple's only daughter was Suzanne de Bourbon-Beaujeu .

Described as clever and talented, Anne took over the reign of her underage brother Charles VIII after her father's death on August 30, 1483 to 1491. A fierce dispute broke out between Anna von Beaujeu and Louis d'Orléans over guardianship and regency. After the decision of the General Assembly of 1484, Charles Conseil was ultimately under the decisive influence of his sister Anne, who was ten years older than him, and her husband Pierre II. De Bourbon until around 1491. During this time, state affairs were essentially carried out by the future Cardinal Guillaume Briçonnet .

With the help of her father's advisers, Anne enforced the royal power against revolts by the great feudal lords , showing determination and firmness. In order to bind the Duchy of Brittany to the crown, she married her brother Karl to Anne de Bretagne in 1491 .

Because Pierre II. De Bourbon feared that his duchy and his other estates would fall to the crown after his death, he reconciled with the Duke of Orléans in 1498 - meanwhile as Louis XII. King of France - and thus secured his daughter's inheritance. After his death in 1503, Anne de Beaujeu married their daughter Suzanne to her cousin Duke Charles III. de Bourbon-Montpensier , who was descended from a younger son Jeans I. de Bourbon and was therefore able to continue the Duchy of Bourbon as a male heir.



  • Hedwige de Chabannes, Isabelle de Linares: Anne de Beaujeu. Crépin-Leblond et Maisonneuve, Paris 1955.
  • Yvonne Labande-Mailfert: Charles VIII et son milieu. 1470-1498. La jeunesse au pouvoir. Klincksieck, Paris 1975, ISBN 2-252-01726-0 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Christine Juliane Henzler: The women of Charles VII and Ludwig XI. Role and position of queens and mistresses at the French court (1422–1483). Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2012, ISBN 978-3-412-20879-0 , p. 71.