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Charles de Blois, Duc de Bretagne

Also Known As: "Charles De Blois (Comte De /Blois Duc De Bretag/", "le Bienheureux"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Blois, Loir-et-Cher, França
Death: September 29, 1364 (45)
Auray, Brittany, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Guy I de Châtilion, comte de Blois and Margaret de Brossard
Husband of Jeanne de Penthièvre, la boiteuse, duchesse de Bretagne
Father of Marguerite de Blois; Jean I de Blois-Châtillon, comte de Penthièvre; Marie de Blois-Châtillon; Gui de Châtillon and Henri de Châtillon
Brother of Louis I de Châtillon, comte de Blois and Marie de Châtillon
Half brother of Guillaume V de Beaumont, seigneur de Glenay

Occupation: duc de Bretagne, Duke of Brittany
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About Charles de Blois, Duc de Bretagne

Charles, Duke of Brittany,_Duke_of_Brittany

Charles of Blois (Blois, 1319 – September 29, 1364), claimed the title duke of Brittany, from 1341 to his death.

Charles is the son of Guy I of Blois-Châtillon, count of Blois, by Margaret of Valois, a sister of king Philip VI of France. He was a devout man, who took piety to the extreme of mortifying his own flesh. It is said that he placed pebbles in his shoes, wore ropes tight with knots near his flesh and confessed every night in fear of sleeping in a state of sin. He was nevertheless an accomplished military leader, who inspired loyalty by his religious fervour.

On June 4, 1337 in Paris, he married Joanna the Lame, heiress and niece of duke John III. Together, Charles and Joanna fought the House of Montfort in the Breton War of Succession (1341-1364), with the support of the crown of France. Despite his piety, Charles did not hesitate in ordering the massacre of 2000 civilians after the siege of Quimper. After initial successes, Charles was taken prisoner by the English in 1347. He was released nine years afterwards against a ransom of about half a million ecús, and resumed the war against the Montforts.

Charles died in the Battle of Auray which determined the end of the war and the victory of the Montforts. He was canonized as saint for his devotion to religion, but the process was made null by Pope Gregory XI by request of Duke John V of Brittany. Subsequently, in 1904, he was beatified.

By his marriage to Joanna, he had five children:

John I of Blois-Châtillon (1340–1404)


Henry (d. 1400)

Marie (1345-1404), Lady of Guise, married in 1360 Louis I of Naples

Marguerite, married in 1351 Charles de la Cerda (d. 1354)


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Charles de Blois, Duc de Bretagne's Timeline

Blois, Loir-et-Cher, França
Age 11
Chatillon, France
Age 21
Verberie, Oise, Picardy, France
Age 24
Age 26
Chatillon, France
Age 27
Chatillon, France