Jean de Dunois

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Count Jean de Dunois (Jean d'Orléans also known as the Bastard of Orléans) (November 23, 1402November 24, 1468) was the son of Louis d'Orléans (Duc d'Orléans 1372-1407) and Mariette d'Enghien. The term "Bastard of Orléans" was the preferred name for most of his career. In his era this was a term of respect since it acknowledged him as the acting head of a leading ducal family during his half-brother's captivity and a first cousin to the king.

His father died in 1407. His half brother became an English prisoner at the Battle of Agincourt and remained so for several decades. This left him the only adult male of the house of Orléans. He joined the civil war in France in the time of Charles VI on the side of the Armagnacs, and was captured by the Burgundians in 1418. Released in 1420, he entered the service of the Dauphin Charles, fighting in the Hundred Years' War against English forces.

The future count Dunois led the French defenses at the siege of Orléans. Together with Joan of Arc he relieved the siege. He joined her on the campaigns of 1429 and remained active after her death.

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He married Marie Louvet (d. 1426) in April 1422 at Bourges, by whom he had no children.

He married a second time to Marie d'Harcourt (d. 1464), Lady of Parthenay October 26, 1439 and had two children:

  • François d'Orléans-Longueville (14471491), Count of Dunois, Tancarville, Longueville, and Montgomery, Baron of Varenguebec, Viscount of Melun, Chamberlain of France, Governor of Normandy and the Dauphiné, Constable and Chamberlain of Normandy, married July 2, 1466 to Agnès de Savoie (14451508)
  • Catherine d'Orléans (14491501), married May 14, 1468 to John VII of Saarbrucken (1430–1492), Count of Roucy

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Count of Dunois
Succeeded by:
Count of Longueville
Preceded by:
Count of Mortain
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Jean de Dunois

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