Claude of France & Francis I of France

1514 - 1524
Francis I of France and Claude of France  

Claude of France and Francis I of France were married. After a 8 years engagement they were married on 18th May 1514. 10 years later Claude of France died, leaving behind her partner and 7 children.

They had 7 children, Louise (506), Charlotte (505), Francis (503), Henry (502), Madeleine (501), Charles (499) and Margaret (498).


French Royal Francis I of France was born on 12th September, 1494 in Château de Cognac and passed away on 31st Mar 1547 Château de Rambouillet, France aged 52. He is most remembered for King of France. His zodiac sign is Virgo.


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Relationship Statistics

Engaged1506 - 18th May 1514 8 years, 4 months
Married18th May 1514 - Jul 1524 10 years, 1 month
Total May 1514 - Jul 1524 10 years, 2 months

In 1506, Louis XII, who had married three times but had no son, betrothed his daughter Claude of France to Francis. Claude was heiress to the Duchy of Brittany through her mother, Anne of Brittany. The marriage took place on 18 May 1514. Louis died shortly afterwards and Francis inherited the throne. He was crowned King of France in the Cathedral of Reims on 25 January 1515, with Claude as his queen consort. Claude, the pawn of so much dynastic maneuvering, was short in stature and afflicted with scoliosis, which gave her a hunched back. She was eclipsed at court by her mother-in-law, Louise of Savoy, and her sister-in-law, the literary Marguerite, Queen consort of Navarre. When Francis became King in 1515, two of Claude's ladies-in-waiting were the English sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn, and another was Diane de Poitiers. Mary became the king's mistress before returning home in about 1519. Anne served as Claude's official translator whenever there were English visitors, such as in 1520. Anne was also a temporary companion to Claude's younger sister, Renée. Anne Boleyn returned to England in 1521, where she eventually became Queen of England as the second wife of Henry VIII. Diane de Poitiers was a principal inspiration of the School of Fontainebleau of the French Renaissance, and became the lifelong mistress of Francis's son and successor, Henry II. Claude's life was spent in an endless round of annual pregnancies. Her husband had many mistresses, but was usually relatively discreet. Claude imposed a strict moral code on her own household, which only a few chose to flout. Claude died in 1524, when she was only twenty-four.

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Relationship Timeline

July, 1524 - Breakup

5th January, 1523 - Child

20th January, 1522 - Child

10th August, 1520 - Child

31st March, 1519 - Child

28th February, 1518 - Child

23rd October, 1516 - Child

19th August, 1515 - Child

18th May, 1514 - Marriage

1506 - Hookup

1506 - Engagement

Couple Comparison

Claude of France
Francis I of France
Claude of France
Francis I of France
Age (at start of relationship)
Hair Color
Brown - Light
Brown - Dark
Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic


LouiseFemale19th August, 1515506 years old
CharlotteFemale23rd October, 1516505 years old
FrancisMale28th February, 1518503 years old
HenryMale31st March, 1519502 years old
MadeleineFemale10th August, 1520501 years old
CharlesMale20th January, 1522500 years old
MargaretFemale5th January, 1523499 years old



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