René de Chalon, prins van Oranje

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René of van Nassau-Breda, prince d'Orange

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Breda, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Death: July 15, 1544 (25)
Saint-Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne, France (Mortally wounded in battle at the siege of St. Dizier)
Place of Burial: Breda, Noord-Brabant, Nederland
Immediate Family:

Son of Heinrich III, Graf von Nassau-Dillenburg and Claudia of de Châlon-Orange
Husband of Anne de Lorraine
Father of Marie de Châlon and Palamède de Châlon
Half brother of Alexis de Nassau, seigneur de Corroy; Elisabeth van Nassau Dillenburg and Ludwig Philipp von Nassau

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About René de Chalon, prins van Oranje

René van Chalon (Breda, 5 februari 1519 – Saint-Dizier, 18 juli 1544), historisch en in het vroegere Frans René de Châlon, gelatiniseerde naam Renatus de Châlon, ook wel Reynaert van Nassau genoemd, was graaf van Nassau en Vianden, heer van Breda en de Lek van 1519 tot 1540, en heer van Corroy, Frasne en Chènemont van 1540 tot zijn dood. Hij was stadhouder van Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en vanaf 1543 ook van Gelre en Zutphen. Vanaf 1530 was hij prins van Oranje.

Prince of Orange (1530 - 1544); Baron of Breda (1538 - 1544); Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht (1540 - 1544); Stadtholder of Guelders (1543 - 1544) Count of Nassau, and Vianden; Viscount of Antwerp; Baron of Diest, Herstal, Warneton, Beilstein, Arlay, and Nozeroy; Lord of Dasburg, Geertruidenberg, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Klundert, Montfort, Naaldwijk, Niervaart, Polanen, Steenbergen, Bütgenbach, Sankt Vith, and Besançon.

René of Châlon (5 February 1519 – 15 July 1544), also known as Renatus of Châlon, was a Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht and Gelre.

René was born in Breda, the only son of Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda and Claudia of Châlon. Claudia's brother, Philibert of Châlon, was the last Prince of Orange from the house of Châlon. When Philibert died in 1530, René inherited the Princedom of Orange on condition that he used the name and coat of arms of the Châlon-Orange family. History knows him therefore as René of Châlon instead of as "René of Nassau-Breda."
René of Châlon married Anna of Lorraine (1522-1568) on 20 August 1540 at Bar-le-Duc. They had only one child, a daughter named Maria, who lived only 3 weeks and was buried in the "Grote Kerk" in Breda.
In 1544, René took part in the siege of St. Dizier in the service of Emperor Charles V. He was mortally wounded in battle and died with the Emperor attending at his bedside. René was buried in Grote Kerk in Breda, near the resting-place of his short-lived daughter. A commemorative cenotaph stands in the church of St. Etienne in Bar-le-Duc.
René's cousin William of Nassau-Dillenburg (better known as "William the Silent") inherited all of René’s lands. William added the name of Orange to his own paternal dignities and and thus became the founder of the House of Orange-Nassau
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René de Chalon, prins van Oranje's Timeline

February 5, 1519
Breda, Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Age 20
July 15, 1544
Age 25
Saint-Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Age 24
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Nederland