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René de Châlon (1519 - 1544)

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Prince René "Prince d'Orange" de Châlon
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Died in Saint-Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne, Francemap
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Name: René /de Châlon/ prince d'Orange
Given Name: René
Surname: de Châlon
Name Suffix: prince d'Orange
MAR de Châlon

The suffix prince d'Orange is non-traditional and may be too long for the WikiTree suffix.


Date: 15 JUL 1544
Place: Saint-Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne, France
City: Saint-Dizier
State: Champagne-Ardenne
Country: France


Place: Breda, Noord-Brabant, Nederland
City: Breda
State: Noord-Brabant
Country: Nederland


Note: {geni:about_me} 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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