Lesdiguières, François de Bonne, duc de

Lesdiguières, François de Bonne, duc de

(fräNswä` də bôn dük də lādēgyĕr`), 1543–1626, marshal and constable of France. He fought on the Huguenot (Protestant) side in the Wars of Religion and in 1575 became chief of the Huguenots of the Dauphiné. He supported Henry of Navarre (King Henry IVHenry IV,
1553–1610, king of France (1589–1610) and, as Henry III, of Navarre (1572–1610), son of Antoine de Bourbon and Jeanne d'Albret; first of the Bourbon kings of France.
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) and in 1590 took Grenoble from the Catholic LeagueLeague
or Holy League,
in French history, organization of Roman Catholics, aimed at the suppression of Protestantism and Protestant political influence in France.
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. He fought a series of campaigns against Charles Emmanuel ICharles Emmanuel I,
1562–1630, duke of Savoy (1580–1630), son and successor of Emmanuel Philibert. He continued his father's efforts to recover territories lost to the duchy, but his reckless, although cunning, diplomacy undermined many of the sound economic and
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 of Savoy, and was made a marshal by Henry IV in 1609. After his abjuration of Protestantism (1622) he became constable of France under King Louis XIII. Upon his death Richelieu abolished the office of constable.
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