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Counts and Dukes of Rethel

This is a list of counts and dukes of Rethel. The first counts of Rethel ruled independently, before the county passed first to the Counts of Nevers, then to the Counts of Flanders, and finally to the Dukes of Burgundy. In 1405 the County became part of the Peerage of France, and in 1581 it was elevated to a duchy. In 1663 it became the Duchy of Mazarin.

The county was active in the crusades. King Baldwin II of Jerusalem was the brother of Count Gervais and Countess Matilda of Rethel, while Beatrice of Rethel married King Leo I of Armenia.

First dynasty

Second dynasty

Dampierre dynasty

Burgundian dynasty

Albret dynasty

Coat of Arms of the Lords of Orval from the Albret family.
  • John of Albret (1491–1500; also lord of Orval; married Charlotte of Rethel)
  • Marie of Albret (1500–1549)

Cleves dynasty

  • Charles II (1500–1521; also count of Nevers; married Marie of Albret)
  • Francis I (1549–1561; also duke of Nevers)
  • Francis II (1561–1562; also duke of Nevers)
  • James (1561–1564; also duke of Nevers)
  • Henriette of Cleves (1564–1601; also duchess of Nevers)

Gonzaga dynasty

House of Mazarin

Nowadays, the title is still claimed by her descendants, the Sovereign Princes of Monaco.

Bibliography

  • Alan V. Murray, The crusader Kingdom of Jérusalem, A Dynastic History 1099-1125, Linacre College Oxford, 2000, ISBN 1-900934-03-5
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