FRANCE,  King Louis XII D'ORLEANS of

FRANCE, King Louis XII D'ORLEANS of

Male 1462 - 1515  (52 years)

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  • Name FRANCE, Louis XII D'ORLEANS of 
    Title King 
    Nickname Father of the People 
    Born 27 Jun 1462 
    Gender Male 
    Reigned King of Jerusalem and Sicily  
    Reigned Between 1498 and 1515 
    King of France 
    Title (Facts Pg Between 1499 and 26 Aug 1514 
    Signore (Lord) di Genova 
    Died 01 Jan 1515 
    Notes 


    • Louis XII, father of the people (June 27, 1462 - January 1, 1515) was King of France from 1498-1515, the last French king from the Orleanist branch of the Valois Dynasty.Louis-XII of the Valois Dynasty

      Born Louis d'Orléans in the Royal Chateau Blois on June 27, 1462, son of Charles, duc d'Orleans, Louis was required by royal command to marry Jeanne, the daughter of his second cousin King Louis XI.

      Later, he was part of a rebellion against King Charles VIII of France and was imprisoned from 1487 to 1490. After regaining the King's trust, he led some troops in Charles' invasion of Italy. He ascended to the throne when Charles VIII died childless; Louis had the Pope annul the marriage to Jeanne so that he could marry Charles' widow, Queen Anne de Bretagne (1477-1514). This marriage had nothing to do with love, but was a strategy designed to securely link her region of Brittany to Louis' kingdom of France.

      Louis XII proved to be a popular king, introducing reforms in the judicial system and reducing taxes. These reforms and his caring nature earned him the epithet Father of the People. However, like his predecessor, he led several invasions of Italy. He successfully secured Milan in 1500, and then partitioned the Kingdom of Naples with Ferdinand of Aragon.

      Soon the two partitioning powers fell out with one another, and Spanish forces led by Hernandez Gonzalo de Cordoba drove the French from Southern Italy. The French grip on Milan remained strong, however, until 1511 when Pope Julius II formed the Holy League to oppose French ambition in Italy. The French were driven from Milan by the Swiss in 1513. In an attempt to divert English troops from the war, he encouraged the Scots to attack the English, leading the Scots to disaster at the Battle of Flodden Field.

      After his wife Anne's death in 1514, a deal was struck with King Henry VIII of England, and 52-year-old King Louis married King Henry's 18-year-old sister, Mary Tudor (1496-1533), on October 9, 1514.

      Less than three months later, Louis XII died on January 1, 1515 and was interred in Saint Denis Basilica.

    Person ID I165475  voyer_7_28_2008
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2010 

    Father VALOIS, Charles de d'ORLEANS,   b. 1391, Paris (Paris : 750056), France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1466  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother CLEVES, Mary of 
    Family ID F73793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 TUDOR, Mary Rose of ENGLAND,   b. 1496, Surrey, Sussex, England, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1533, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2010 17:18:43 
    Family ID F68184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 BRITTANY, Anne de Dreux of,   b. 25 Jan 1475, Château de Nantes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1514, Château de Blois, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 08 Jan 1499  Château de Nantes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. ORLÉANS, Claude I d' of FRANCE,   b. 13 Oct 1499, Romorantin, Orleanis, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1524, Blois, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2008 17:00:03 
    Family ID F68170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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