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Marie Touchet

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Gender Female
Born Orléans
France
Date of died March 28,1638
DiedParis
France
SpouseCharles Balzac
ParentsJean Touchet
Children Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues
Charles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême
Grandchildren Henri, Duke of Verneuil
Louis-Emmanuel d'Angoulême
Gabriela Angélica de Bourbon
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Marie Touchet Life story


Marie Touchet, Dame de Belleville, was the only mistress of Charles IX of France.

Marie Touchet (1549 – 28 March 1638), Dame de Belleville, was the only mistress of Charles IX of France.

Life


Although born to a bourgeois family at Orléans, the daughter of Marie Mathy and a Huguenot lieutenant Jean Touchet, she "held her row at court as well as any of the first class ladies" (Le Laboureur, historian). Her anagrammed name was even Je Charme Tout meaning "I charm all." Henry III, King of Navarre was responsible for this clever wordplay.

By her late teens, she was mistress to Charles IX. In 1573 she bore the king a son, Charles de Valois. It would be his only son, for just one year later the king died, at which time his and Marie's son was entrusted to the care of his younger brother and successor, Henry III of France. The new king was faithful to his dead brother's wishes and raised little Charles dutifully. Marie Touchet received a pension for her services to Charles IX, and continued as a part of the royal circle.

Marie went on to marry the marquis d'Entragues, Charles Balzac d'Entragues, and had two daughters, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues and Marie-Charlotte de Balzac d’Entragues. Both daughters would follow in their mother's footsteps, later becoming the mistresses of Henry IV of France. Marie died in Paris.

Children


With Charles IX, King of France, she had:

Charles de ValoisWith her husband Charles Balzac d'Entragues, she had:

Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues

Marie-Charlotte de Balzac d’Entragues

Sources


Tapié, Victor L. (1988). France in the Age of Louis XIII and Richelieu. Cambridge University Press.

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