Famous 16th Century French Leaders

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 1 Cardinal Richelieu

Cardinal Richelieu
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Famous As: Clergyman, Statesman
Birthdate: September 9, 1585
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 4, 1642

Cardinal Richelieu was a French clergyman and statesman who was active in the early 17th century. He held powerful positions in both the Catholic Church and French government and served as the chief minister to Louis XIII of France in 1624. He helped the French maintain their dominance in the Thirty Years' War that engulfed Europe. 

 2 Francis, Duke of Anjou

Francis, Duke of Anjou
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Famous As: Duke
Birthdate: March 18, 1555
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: June 10, 1584
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 3 Louis I de Bourbon, prince de Condé

Louis I de Bourbon, prince de Condé
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: May 7, 1530
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vendôme, France
Died: March 13, 1569

 4 Louis, Prince of Conde

Louis, Prince of Conde
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: May 7, 1530
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vendôme, France
Died: March 13, 1569

 5 Francis de Sales

Francis de Sales
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: August 21, 1567
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Sales, Thorens-Glières, France
Died: December 28, 1622

Called the Gentleman Saint for his tenderness and patience, Francis de Sales was a Catholic priest and Bishop of Geneva (1602-1622). Canonized in 1665, he was later proclaimed Doctor of the Church for his contribution to theology and patron of writers and journalists for his extensive use of broadsheets and books. He also invented sign languages for teaching the deaf.

 6 Charles III, Duke of Lorraine

Charles III, Duke of Lorraine
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Famous As: Duke of Lorraine
Birthdate: February 18, 1543
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine, Nancy, France
Died: May 14, 1608

 7 Henry I, Duke of Guise

Henry I, Duke of Guise
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Famous As: Noblemen
Birthdate: December 31, 1550
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: December 23, 1588
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 8 Gaspard II de Coligny

Gaspard II de Coligny
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: February 16, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Châtillon-Coligny, France
Died: August 24, 1572

 9 Joseph-François Dupleix

Joseph-François Dupleix
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Famous As: French colonial official
Birthdate: January 1, 1697
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Landrecies, France
Died: November 10, 1763

 10 Claude, Duke of Guise

Claude, Duke of Guise
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: October 20, 1496
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castle of Condé, France
Died: April 12, 1550

 11 Charles III, Duke of Bourbon

Charles III, Duke of Bourbon
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: February 17, 1490
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montpensier, France
Died: May 6, 1527

 12 Francis, Duke of Guise

Francis, Duke of Guise
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: February 17, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bar, France
Died: February 24, 1563

 13 Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy

Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy
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Famous As: Duke Of Savoy
Birthdate: July 8, 1528
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: August 30, 1580

 14 Anne, duke de Montmorency

Anne, duke de Montmorency
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 15, 1493
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chantilly, France
Died: November 12, 1567

 15 Anne de Pisseleu, duchess d'Étampes

Anne de Pisseleu, duchess d'Étampes
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Famous As: French political figure
Birthdate: 1508 AD
Birthplace: Fontaine-Lavaganne, France
Died: 1580 AD

 16 Henri, Prince of Condé

Henri, Prince of Condé
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: September 1, 1588
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-d’Angely, France
Died: December 26, 1646

 17 Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully

Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 13, 1560
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, France
Died: December 22, 1641

 18 Henri I de Bourbon, Prince of Condé

Henri I de Bourbon, Prince of Condé
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: December 29, 1552
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Île-de-France, France
Died: March 5, 1588

 19 Philippe de Mornay

Philippe de Mornay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 5, 1549
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buhy, France
Died: November 11, 1623

 20 Philippe de Commines

Philippe de Commines
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1447 AD
Birthplace: Renescure, France
Died: October 18, 1511

Philippe de Commines was a writer and diplomat who worked in the courts of Burgundy and France. Modern historians often call him "the first truly modern writer". He began his career as a soldier and later became a knight. He composed the Mémoires, which was posthumously published in three segments (1524-28) several years after his death in 1511. 

 21 Jean Louis de Nogaret de La Valette

Jean Louis de Nogaret de La Valette
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: April 30, 1554
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cazaux-Savès, France
Died: January 13, 1642

 22 Henri II, duke de Montmorency

Henri II, duke de Montmorency
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: April 30, 1595
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Château de Chantilly, France
Died: October 30, 1632

 23 Charles, Duke of Mayenne

Charles, Duke of Mayenne
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: March 26, 1554
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: October 3, 1611

 24 Pierre d'Aubusson

Pierre d'Aubusson
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: 1423 AD
Birthplace: Monteil-au-Vicomte, France
Died: July 3, 1503

 25 Henri, duke de Rohan

Henri, duke de Rohan
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Famous As: Duke
Birthdate: August 21, 1579
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Blain, Blain, France
Died: April 13, 1638

 26 Michel de L'Hospital

Michel de L'Hospital
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1507 AD
Birthplace: History of Auvergne, France
Died: March 13, 1573

 27 Henri I de Montmorency

Henri I de Montmorency
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: June 15, 1534
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chantilly, France
Died: April 2, 1614

 28 Pierre Séguier

Pierre Séguier
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 28, 1588
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 28, 1672

 29 Charles, Count of Soissons

Charles, Count of Soissons
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: November 3, 1566
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nogent-le-Rotrou, France
Died: November 1, 1612

 30 Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Nemours

Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Nemours
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Famous As: Duke
Birthdate: February 12, 1567
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: August 13, 1595

 31 Philippe de Chabot

Philippe de Chabot
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: 1492 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: June 1, 1543

 32 Blaise de Lasseran‑Massencôme, seigneur de Montluc

Blaise de Lasseran‑Massencôme, seigneur de Montluc
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Famous As: Marshal of France
Birthdate: 1502 AD
Birthplace: Condom, France
Died: July 26, 1577

 33 Benjamin de Rohan, seigneur de Soubise

Benjamin de Rohan, seigneur de Soubise
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Famous As: Huguenot leader
Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Rochelle, La, France
Died: October 9, 1642

 34 Guillaume du Bellay

Guillaume du Bellay
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Birthplace: Souday, Couëtron-au-Perche, France
Died: January 9, 1543

 35 Pierre Jeannin

Pierre Jeannin
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Autun, France
Died: March 22, 1623

 36 Abraham de Fabert

Abraham de Fabert
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Famous As: Marshal
Birthdate: October 11, 1599
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: May 17, 1662

 37 Antoine Duprat

Antoine Duprat
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 17, 1463
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: July 9, 1535

 38 Philibert Berthelier

Philibert Berthelier
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Famous As: Patriot
Birthdate: 1465 AD
Birthplace: Virieu-le-Grand, France
Died: August 23, 1519

 39 Jacques d'Albon, seigneur de Saint-André

Jacques d'Albon, seigneur de Saint-André
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 1505 AD
Birthplace: Église Saint-Valérien de Châteaudun, Châteaudun, France
Died: December 19, 1562

 40 François de Beaumont

François de Beaumont
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: 1513 AD
Birthplace: Isere, France
Died: February 2, 1587

 41 Charles de Biencourt de Saint-Just

Charles de Biencourt de Saint-Just
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: 1591 AD
Birthplace: Champagne, France
Died: 1623 AD