Anne de Montmorency was born at Chantilly in France on 15 March 1493, the son of Guillaume de Montmorency and his wife, Anne Pot. He was raised in the household of François, Count of Angouleme, a junior member of the French royal house of Valois, where his father held a senior position. The boys became close and fought together at the Battle of Ravenna in 1512 during the War of the League of Cambrai.
With the death of Louis XII of France, François became King as François I on 1 July 1515 and Anne became influential at the royal court and fought for his King at the Battle of Marignano. He was present at The Field of the Cloth of Gold, that great meeting of François and Henry VIII of England in 1520.
Anne and François were both captured by a force of Italians, Germans and Spanish at the Battle of Pavia in 1525 and taken to Spain. Anne was released to arrange his King's ransom and was present when François was exchanged for his two eldest sons the following year.
Anne continued with his military service to his King and on 10 February 1538 he was made Constable of France, but began to support peace. His efforts to secure a lasting settlement disappointed the king and Anne fell out of favour until François was succeeded by his son, Henri II who created Anne Duc de Montmorency. Continuing his service under the boy King François II he was captured by Spanish forces in 1557 and not released until the following year when he found he had been supplanted by François, Duc de Guise. Anne retired to his estates only to return on the accession of Charles IX.
Aged nearly 70 Anne was captured at the Battle of Dreux, but the French were eventually victorious so Anne was free to be again in arms on 10 November 1567 at Saint-Denis where he was mortally wounded. He died two days later after more than fifty years in arms.
Note on birth location: Chantilly, though currently situated in the departement Oise, Hauts-de-France, was part of the province of Isle-de-France until 1790 (like the major part of what is currently Oise).
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On 28 Jan 2017 at 11:57 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:
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