Historical Figures

Jacques dAlbon de Saint André (1505 - 1562)

Jacques d'Albon de Saint-André was a childhood companion of Henry II, he was quickly called to the King's Council, and appointed First Gentleman of the Chamber, before being made Marshal of France. From 1552 to 1555, he took part in the wars against Charles V, following the acquisition of Trois-Évêchés (Metz, Toul and Verdun). In 1557, he was taken prisoner by the Spaniards at the battle of Saint-Quentin. He will be released following the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis. During the wars of religion, he created the Catholic triumvirate with Montmorency and François de Guise and reprimanded the Protestants behind the conspiracy of Amboise under François II. After several decisive victories against the Protestants, he was killed during the battle of Dreux (first war of religion in 1562)