Jeanne d'Albret & William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg

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William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg and Jeanne d'Albret  
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Jeanne d'Albret and William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg are divorced after a marriage of 4 years.

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StatusDurationLength
Married1541 - 1545 4 years
Total 1541 - 1545 4 years


Described as having been a "frivolous and high-spirited princess", she also, at an early age, had displayed a tendency to be both stubborn and unyielding. In 1541, when Jeanne was 13, Francis I, for political reasons, forced her to marry William "the Rich", Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, who was the brother of Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England. Despite having been whipped into obedience, she, nevertheless, continued to protest and had to be carried bodily to the altar by the Constable of France, Anne de Montmorency. A description of Jeanne's appearance at her wedding revealed that she was sumptuously attired, wearing a golden crown, a silver and gold skirt encrusted with precious stones, and a crimson satin cloak richly trimmed with ermine.
This political marriage was annulled four years later on the grounds that it had not been consummated. She remained at the royal court.

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1545 - Breakup

1545 - Divorce

1541 - Hookup

1541 - Marriage

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Name
Jeanne d'Albret
William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Jeanne d'Albret
William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Age (at start of relationship)
12
24
Zodiac
Capricorn
Leo
Occupation
Royalty
Military
Nationality
French
German
Religion
Protestant
Lutheran

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