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The French Wars of Religion – another angle

On this day in 1567, Pierre de Brenieu was among those killed at the battle of St. Denis, where Catholic forces under (the very definitely male) Anne de Montmorency overcame the Hugenot rebels under Louis de Bourbon, Prince de Conde’, although Montmorency was mortally wounded. de Brenieu’s brother, Claude, was a casualty at Ivry on 14 March 1590, when the new Hugenot King, Henri IV, was triumphant against the Catholic League.

Pierre and Claude were among the six children of Sibaud de Brenieu and Marguerite, who seems to be the daughter of Lord Richard de la Pole (k. Pavia, 1524-5). Two of their brothers (Jacques and one unnamed) appear to have married but only their sisters (Leonore and Marguerite the Younger) have descendants, apart from Jacques’ daughter. Marguerite, who must have been born slightly before or just after Pavia, was named after the Queen of Navarre, Francois I’s sister who was Henri IV’s grandmother.

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