Queen Claude De France ( Oct. 14, 1499, Romorantin, France— July 20, 1524, Blois), queen consort of King Francis I of France (reigned 1515–47), the daughter of the French king Louis XII and Anne of Brittany. On her mother’s death in January 1514, she inherited Brittany and, four months later (May 18, 1514), married Francis; on his accession to the throne the following year, Brittany was definitively joined to the crown of France.
Louis XII, the Father of the People (1462 - 1515). King of France from 1498 to 1515. He married Joan of France, but divorce her to marry Anne of Brittany, who he had two daughters with. After her death he married Mary Tudor, but died a few months later. He was very active in foreign policy.
Francis II ( François II) (B: Jan. 19,1544 – D: Dec. 5,1560) was aged 15 when he succeeded to the throne of France, after the accidental death of his father, King Henry II, in 1559. He reigned for 18 months before he died in December 1560. He was also King consort of Scotland (1558–1560) as the husband of Queen Mary I.
Charles II of Orléans (22 January 1522 – 9 September 1545) was the third son of King Francis I of France and Claude of France, daughter of Louis XII of France.
Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine (1524-1574). Member of the powerful House of Guise. He founded Reims University. His older brother was Francis, Duke of Guise. His sister, Mary of Guise, was the wife if James V of Scotland and mother of Mary Queen of Scots and France. When Henry II of France died in 1559, Charles and his brother Francis became advisors to the young king Francis II and his young wife Mary Queen of Scots and France.
Catherine de' Medici, as Queen of France. "Her mouth is too large and her eyes too prominent and colourless for beauty", wrote a Venetian envoy as Catherine approached forty, "but a very distinguished-looking woman, with a shapely figure, a beautiful skin and exquisitely shaped hands"