Suzanne Henriette of Lorraine

Suzanne Henriette

Lorraine by Rigaud
Duchess of Mantua and Montferrat
Tenure 8 November 1704 – 5 July 1708
Born (1686-02-01)1 February 1686[1]
Died 19 October 1710(1710-10-19) (aged 24)
Paris, France
Burial Carmel du faubourg Saint-Germain, Paris[2]
Spouse Ferdinand Charles Gonzaga
Full name
Suzanne Henriette de Lorraine
House House of Lorraine
Father Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Elbeuf
Mother Françoise de Montault de Navailles

Suzanne Henriette of Lorraine (1 February 1686 19 October 1710) was a member of the House of Lorraine and was the Duchess of Mantua by marriage. Her husband Ferdinand Charles Gonzaga was the last Gonzaga Duke of Mantua.


Suzanne Henriette was the penultimate daughter of Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Elbeuf and his third wife Françoise de Montault de Navailles. Her two older half brothers, Henri and Emmanuel Maurice were successively Dukes of Elbeuf. She was known as Mademoiselle d'Elbeuf, derived from her fathers title.

Although the Lorraine-Elbeufs were reckoned among the princes etrangers at the court of France, as a cadet branch (Elbeuf) of a non-reigning cadet branch (Guise) of the House of Lorraine, it was not their custom to marry crowned heads. Nevertheless, Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat sought Suzanne Henriette's hand in pursuit of a dynastic alliance with another reigning ducal house under French influence. She married Gonzaga in Milan on 8 November 1704 accompanied by her grandmother Catherine Henriette de Bourbon. To the French, her husband was known as Charles de Gonzagne.[3]

The Prince of Condé (son of le Grand Condé) had proposed his daughter Marie Anne, Mademoiselle de Montmorency to marry Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, ruler of the Duchies of Mantua and Montferrat. He had lost his first wife Anna Isabella Gonzaga and subsequent first cousin in August 1703 and was childless. Gonzaga however did have illegitimate children with his mistress Eleonora Parma, a line which died out in the mid 18th century and were not able to inherit Mantua. The couple were married in Milan on 8 November 1704.[1] Her husband died on 5 July 1708 leaving her a widow at the age of 22.

Suzanne Henriette returned to France and was later involved in a lawsuit between Leopold, Duke of Lorraine and Anne of Bavaria, Princess of Condé over inheritance of the Guise fortune. Residing in Paris, she died there in 1710 at the age of 24. She was buried at the Carmel du faubourg Saint-Germain in the crypt of her grandfather, the Maréchal de Navailles.[2] Saint-Simon noted that she died in the flower of her youth after a long illness and was considered to have been a beauty at the time. He also wrote that her "bizarre" marriage had been the cause of her sad life.

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References and notes

  1. 1 2 van de Pas, Leo. "Suzanne Henriette de Lorraine". Genealogics .org. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  2. 1 2 van de Pas, Leo. "Histoire de Charleville". Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  3. Foucault (comte). Histoire de Léopold I, duc de Lorraine et de Bar, père de l'Empereur, 1856, p.430

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