Charlotte of Albret Historical Profile

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CHARLOTTE OF ALBRET
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Name: Charlotte of Albret or Charlotte d'Albret
Born: 1480
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Died: 11 March 1514
Position: Duchess of Valentinois, Regent of Valentinois
House of: Albret
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Strength(s): Beautiful and rich
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Charlotte of Albret, Dame de Chalus, Duchess of Valentinois also known as Charlotte d'Albret, was a wealthy French noblewoman of the Albret family. She was the sister of King John III of Navarre, and the wife of the notorious Cesare Borgia whom she married in 1499. She was the mother of his only legitimate child, Louise Borgia to whom she acted as regent following the death of Cesare.
Charlotte was born in 1480, the daughter of Alain I of Albret, Lord of Albret, and Françoise of Châtillon-Limoges. Her paternal grandparents were Jean I d'Albret and Charlotte de Rohan, and her maternal grandparents were Guillaume de Blois, Viscount of Limoges and Isabelle de La Tour d'Auvergne, daughter of Bertrand V de La Tour, Count of Auvergne and Boulogne, and Jacquette du Peschin. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was Charles d'Albret, Constable of France, who was killed while commanding the French troops at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. She had six siblings including John d'Albret who became King of Navarre upon his marriage to Catherine of Navarre.

Marriage to Cesare Borgia


On 10 May 1499, at the age of 19 at Blois, she married Cesare Borgia, the notorious illegitimate son of Rodrigo Borgia later Pope Alexander VI and Vannozzo dei Cattanei. He had recently been created Duke of Valentinois by King Louis XII of France. His sister was the renowned Lucrezia Borgia. The marriage was political, arranged with the purpose of strengthening Cesare's alliance with France. Shortly after the wedding, Cesare accompanied King Louis in his invasion of Italy. Charlotte was described as having been "beautiful and rich". In 1504, she became the owner of the properties of Feusines, Néret, and La Motte-Feuilly. Cesare and Charlotte together had one daughter Louise.


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