Françoise d'Amboise

Françoise d’Amboise
O. Carm.

Blessed Françoise d'Amboise.
Born 29 May 1427
Château de Thouars, Kingdom of France
Died 4 November 1485(1485-11-04) (aged 58)
Nantes, Kingdom of France
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 16 July 1863, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Pius IX
Feast November 4

Blessed Françoise d'Amboise (29 May 1427 – 4 November 1485) was a French Roman Catholic saint and a duchess consort of Brittany.

She was born in the castle of Thouars. She was the daughter of the rich noble Louis d'Amboise, prince of Talmont and Viscount of Thouars, and Louise-Marie de Rieux.[1] To escape from the violence of the times, she fled with her mother to the court of Brittany, which resided in Vannes and, later on, in Nantes. At the age of three she had been engaged to Peter, the second son of John V, Duke of Brittany, for political reasons. She married him at the age of fifteen, in 1442.[1]

In 1450, after the unexpected death of Pierre's elder brother, her husband came to rule Brittany as Pierre II. Françoise d'Amboise became the Duchess of Brittany and had a discrete but active share in governing Brittany. She came to help the poor and the sick. She had also a strong feeling about justice. Her husband died of a disease in 1457. She then entered into a conflict with King Louis XI who wanted to marry her. A widow without children, she founded, together with Jean Soreth, the first monastery of the Carmelites in France, in 1463.

She took the veil in 1468, when entering the convent of the Three Maries at Vannes.[1] She died in Nantes, at the monastery of the Carmelite nuns.

In 1863, she was beatified by Pope Pius IX.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 Diane E. Booton, Manuscripts, Market and the Transition to Print in Late Medieval Brittany, (Ashgate Publishing, 2010), 147.
  2. Susan Broomhall, Women and Religion in Sixteenth-Century France, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 47.


Françoise d'Amboise
Born: 29 May 1427 Died: 4 November 1485
Royal titles
Preceded by
Isabella of Scotland
Duchess consort of Brittany
Succeeded by
Catherine of Luxembourg-Saint-Pol
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