Capetians, Valois, Bourbons, and Bonapartes, Oh My!
Louis Alphonse, the Duke of Anjou, has a claim to the fallen French throne. Born in 1974 in Madrid, he is a great-grandson of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and the first cousin once removed of Madrid’s sitting King, Juan Carlos I. Republicans argue his ancestors relinquished the right to the French crown when they took the Spanish throne. Many royalists, who call themselves “legitimists”, believe he has the best claim.
Anne, Duchess of Brittany (25 January 1477 – 9 January 1514, also known as Anna of Brittany (French: Anne de Bretagne; Breton: Anna Vreizh), was the last independent Breton ruler, and twice the queen of France (having married two successive French kings). She was born in Nantes, Brittany, and was the daughter of Duke Francis II of Brittany and Margaret of Foix. Upon her father's death, she became Duchess of Brittany, Countess of Nantes, Montfort, and Richmond, and Viscountess of Limoges.
Marguerite de Valois reine de France safran splendour
Margaret of France (French: Marguerite de France or Marguerite de Valois, 1553 – 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of Valois.,Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a political and French military leader who had a huge influence on European history. Napoleon was a general during the French Revolution, Emperor of France, King of Italy, and Mediator of the Swiss. Napoleon was a very intelligent military leader who used innovative tactics and strategy to help him win many battles.
Charlemagne (meaning Charles the Great) (2 April 742 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 to his death. Today he is regarded not only as the founding father of both French and German monarchies, but also as the father of Europe:His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian renaissance encouraged the formation of a common European identity.