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François de Bretagne, II
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1433
Clisson
Departement de la Loire-Atlantique
Pays de la Loire, France
Death: Sep. 9, 1488
Coueron
Departement de la Loire-Atlantique
Pays de la Loire, France

Duke of Bretagne, Earl of Richmond, and Count of Montfort-l'Amaury. Founded the University of Nantes in 1459.

Commissioned by Anne de Bretagne, sculptor Michel Colombe directed the creation of the tombeau of François II over the course of five years 1502-07, utilizing the talents of Jean Perréal, painter for Louis XII, along with Michel Colombe, Guillaume Regnaud, and Jean de Chartres who executed the figures and statues. The tombeau along with the duke's body and the remains of his two duchesses were originally placed in the choir of the Église Notre-Dame des Carmes in Nantes. An inspectional survey was made of the tombeau by mayor Gérard Mellier on October 16, 1727 and after recording its dimensions along with other details, he descended into the caveau beneath it and found three large cercueils de plomb. On one was an inscription in Gothic characters which read «Cy dedans gist le corps du Duc François second de ce nom, lequel régna trente ans, Duc de Bretagne, puis trepassa à Couaron, le neuf septembre l'an 1488, et fust céans ensépulturé» and an escutcheon of the arms of Bretagne with a ducal crown. During the suppression of the Carmelite order during the Revolution, the architect Mathurin Crucy was charged on February 17, 1792 with demolishing the tomb and removing the cercueils to the ancient Châpelle Saint Clair in the cathedral of Nantes, but instead Crucy secured the monument underground within an enclosure of the Couvent des Ursulines during the Revolution. Afterwards the tombeau was placed in close proximity to the burial place of the duke within the cathedral. When the ancient Châpelle Saint Clair was demolished in 1817, the tombeau was placed in the south transept.

The duke's descendants by his mistress Antoinette de Maignelais (d. 1471) include Charles de Bretagne (d. 1608), comte de Vertus, and the chevalier Jean du Matz de Montmartin (d. 1625). 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Richard de Bretagne (1395 - 1438)
  Marguerite d'Orléans (1406 - 1466)
 
 Spouses:
  Marguerite de Bretagne (1443 - 1469)
  Marguerite de Foix (____ - 1486)
 
 Children:
  François de Bretagne (1463 - 1463)*
  Anne de Bretagne (1477 - 1514)*
  Isabeau de Bretagne (1481 - 1490)*
 
 Siblings:
  Madeleine de Bretagne (____ - 1461)*
  Marie de Bretagne (1424 - 1477)*
  François de Bretagne (1433 - 1488)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Nantes
Nantes
Departement de la Loire-Atlantique
Pays de la Loire, France
Plot: Cercueil in Chapelle Saint-Clair, Tombeau in South Transept
 
Created by: Todd Whitesides
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79679691
François de Bretagne, II
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François de Bretagne, II
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François de Bretagne, II
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