Charlotte of France

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Jean Clouet Charlotte of France MIA 35798.jpg
Charlotte in 1524, by Jean Clouet
Born (1516-10-23)23 October 1516
Château d'Amboise
Died 18 September 1524(1524-09-18) (aged 7 years, 10 months)
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Burial Basilica of Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis
House House of Valois-Angoulême
Father Francis I of France
Mother Claude of France
Religion Roman Catholicism

Charlotte of France (23 October 1516 – 18 September 1524) was the second child and second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude.

Early life

Charlotte, ca. 1517 by Jean Clouet

Charlotte was born in the Château d'Amboise, on 23 October 1516, the second daughter and child of King Francis I and Queen Claude. She had greenish blue eyes and bright red hair. She was one of the six children of the King and Queen that had red hair, a trait inherited from Anne of Brittany, Claude's mother. She lived a happy life, moving from the Château d'Amboise to the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye before March 1519.

Later life and death

The Princess spent all of her remaining days at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She had always been a delicate, frail child. At age seven, she contracted measles, the same disease which had killed her half-uncle, Charles Orlando, Dauphin of France, thirty years earlier. The only person who looked after her while she was sick was her aunt, Margaret of Angoulême, as her mother had already died two months earlier, her grandmother Louise of Savoy was very sick, and her father had gone to war. He was later imprisoned, so was nowhere near his daughter at the time of her death. It appears as if Charlotte was very close to her aunt, who was heartbroken and distraught when her "little one"[citation needed] died, on 18 September 1524.



  • Freer, Martha Walker. The Life of Marguerite D'Angoulême,Queen of Navarre. pp. 141–143. Second Edition, Revised. London, 1856.
  • The Cambridge Modern History. A. W. Ward, editor. Vol. 2, p. 417. MacMillan Company, 1904.
  • Portrait of Charlotte of France. Minneapolis Institute of Arts.