Timoléon d'Espinay (1580–1644), French soldier, was the eldest of the four sons of François d'Espinay, seigneur de Saint Luc (1554–1597), and was himself marquis de Saint Luc. In 1603 he accompanied Sully in his embassy to London.
In 1622, in his capacity as vice-admiral of France, he gained some advantages over the defenders of La Rochelle, obliging the Huguenot commander, Benjamin de Rohan, seigneur de Soubise, to evacuate the islands of Ré and Oléron. In 1627 he was named lieutenant-general of Guienne and Marshal of France.
Ussé is a castle in the Indre-et-Loire département, in France. The stronghold at the edge of the Chinon forest overlooking the Indre Valley was first fortified in the eleventh century by the Norman seigneur of Ussé, Gueldin de Saumur, who surrounded the fort with a palisade on a high terrace. The site passed to the Comte de Blois, who rebuilt in stone.
Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Saint-Évremond was a French soldier, hedonist, essayist and literary critic. After 1661, he lived in exile, mainly in England, as a consequence of his attack on French policy at the time of the Peace of the Pyrenees (1659). He is buried in Poets' Corner, Westminster. He wrote for his friends and did not intend his work to be published, although a few of his pieces were leaked in his lifetime. The first full collection of his works was published in London in 1705, after his death.
François Timoléon, abbé de Choisy was a French cross-dresser, abbé, and author. He wrote numerous works on church history as well as travelogues, memoirs and fiction.
Philippe de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil was a French military officer who served as Governor General of New France from 1703 to 1725, throughout Queen Anne's War and Father Rale's War.
Les Mignons was a term used by polemicists in the contentious atmosphere of the French Wars of Religion and taken up by the people of Paris, to designate the favourites of Henry III of France, from his return from Poland to reign in France in 1574, to his assassination in 1589, a disastrous end to which the perception of effeminate weakness contributed. The mignons were frivolous and fashionable young men, to whom public malignity attributed heterodox sexuality, rumors that some historians have found to be a factor in the disintegration of the late Valois monarchy.
Jacques d'Albon, Seigneur de Saint-André was a French soldier and favorite of Henry II of France. He was made marshal of France, governor of Lyonnais and ambassador in England. He served with great bravery against the emperor Charles V in 1552. In 1557 he was taken prisoner at the battle of Saint Quentin, but was released the following year, and took part in negotiating the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis. In April 1561, several months after the death of Francis II, he formed an alliance with the Constable of France Anne de Montmorency and Francis, duke of Guise, known as the triumvirate. Their aim was to combat Protestantism and limit the influence of the queen-mother, Catherine de' Medici. Saint-André was killed on the field at the Battle of Dreux by de-Mezieres-en-Drouais as the result of a personal grudge.
Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé was a Canadian lawyer, writer, and seigneur. He is known chiefly for his novel Les Anciens Canadiens, considered the first classic of French Canadian fiction.
Nesle is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.
Antoine Juchereau Duchesnay was the Seigneur of Beauport, Saint-Denis, Fossambault, Gaudarville, and Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies. He fought with the Troupes de Marine and after the British Conquest of New France joined the British Army, defending Fort Saint-Jean where he was captured and imprisoned by the Americans in 1775. He represented Buckingham County in the 1st Parliament of Lower Canada and was afterwards appointed a member of the Executive Council of Lower Canada.
The Grand Falconer of France was a position in the King's Household in France from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution.
Caudry is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Its inhabitants are called the 'Caudrésiens'. The town is mostly known as the Capital City of French Lace. Caudry station has rail connections to Douai, Cambrai, Paris, Lille and Saint-Quentin.
The Battle of Saint-Pierre was a military confrontation on March 25, 1776, near the Quebec village of Saint-Pierre, south of Quebec City. This confrontation, which occurred during the Continental Army's siege of Quebec following its defeat at the Battle of Quebec, was between forces that were both largely composed of Canadian militia, including individuals on both sides of the conflict that had been recruited in the same communities. The Patriot forces routed the Loyalist forces, killing at least 3 and capturing more than 30.
Peter of Luxembourg was a son of John of Luxembourg, Lord of Beauvoir, and his wife Marguerite of Enghien. His inheritance included the counties of Brienne, Conversano and Saint-Pol.
Henri de Schomberg, Comte de Nanteuil, was a Marshal of France during the reign of Louis XIII.
Charles-Gaspard-Guillaume de Vintimille du Luc (1655–1746) was a French Catholic bishop. He was Bishop of Marseille from 1692 to 1708 and Archbishop of Aix from 1708 to 1729; from 1729 to 1746 he was the Archbishop of Paris.
André d'Espinay was a French Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.
Jean II d'Espinay was a French nobleman and soldier. He was count of Durtal (Duretal) and a knight of the Order of St Michael. He served five kings of France - Henry II, Francis II, Charles IX, Henry III and Henry IV.
Jean d'Espinay was a Breton cleric and bishop.
Robert d'Espinay was a Breton cleric and bishop.
Charles d'Espinay was a French cleric, bishop and poet. He is most notable for his sonnets, particularly his erotic "Sonnets amoureux" published in 1559-1560 - he was a contemporary and disciple of Pierre de Ronsard.