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Nicholas I, Duke of Lorraine (r. 1470-1473) was an ally of Burgundy during his short reign and more concerned about his Italian adventures than his duchy.

Duke of Lorraine Arms in being the arms of Rene I just prior to his accession to the ducal throne.

Domremy was in the heavily overlapping regions between the Duchy of Bar and the Duchy of Lorraine.

Domremy was in the heavily overlapping regions between the Duchy of Bar and the Duchy of Lorraine.

Arms of Maison de Croy

Category:Coats of arms of the House of Craon

The Duchy of Lorraine grew up between France and the Empire. It is one of the lands where the French and the Germans collided.  French was spoken in the west and Germany in the east. Sandwiched between the two, the Dukes walked a dangerous path between the two, always trying to balance one against the other.

The Duchy of Lorraine grew up between France and the Empire. It is one of the lands where the French and the Germans collided. French was spoken in the west and Germany in the east. Sandwiched between the two, the Dukes walked a dangerous path between the two, always trying to balance one against the other.

Château de Lutzelbourg (Lutzelbourg) in Lorraine.

Château de Lutzelbourg (Lutzelbourg) in Lorraine.

Arms of the_ducs_de_Mayenne, another cadet branch of the House of Guise, itself a cadet branch of the House of Lorraine.

Arms of the_ducs_de_Mayenne, another cadet branch of the House of Guise, itself a cadet branch of the House of Lorraine.

Leopold was Duke of Lorraine from 1690 to 1729. During these years the duchy was occupied intermittently by the French. Leopold went into exile for the first occupation but remained in the duchy afterwards.

Leopold was Duke of Lorraine from 1690 to During these years the duchy was occupied intermittently by the French. Leopold went into exile for the first occupation but remained in the duchy afterwards.

Coat of Arms, Lorraine

Heraldry of the Middle Ages, the Crusader origins of the coats of arms of Lorraine and Visconti

Charles_IV_of_Lorraine was the nephew of Duke Henri II and husband of duchess Nicole. He tried to put her away on a charge of witchcraft, unsuccessfully.  The French opposed his succession to the duchy but the Hapsburg emperor, for whom he had fought against the Protestants, confirmed him.

Charles IV of Lorraine spent much of his life, especially during the Thirty Years War as a general in service to the Empire because of the various French occupations of the Duchy.

Amongst the provisions of the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which ended the Thirty Years War was the return of the Duchy from the French to its rightful Duke. It took the French a century before they finally absorbed it. The descendants of the Dukes of Lorraine ruled the Empire until 1918.

Amongst the provisions of the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which ended the Thirty Years War was the return of the Duchy from the French to its rightful Duke. It took the French a century before they finally absorbed it. The descendants of the Dukes of Lorraine ruled the Empire until 1918.

Armes de la famille de Baufremont. They were originally barons and eventually acquired a marquisate, a duchy and a principality.

They were originally barons and eventually acquired a marquisate, a duchy and a principality.

Arms of the de Heu.

Arms of the de Heu.

Arms of the seigneurs de Craincourt.

Arms of the seigneurs de Craincourt.

Lorraine-Vaudemont or counts of Vaudemont as its second creation. Note that it is the main cadet branch of the house of Lorraine before it, in fact, becomes the house of Lorraine.

Lorraine-Vaudemont or counts of Vaudemont as its second creation. Note that it is the main cadet branch of the house of Lorraine before it, in fact, becomes the house of Lorraine.

Gérard I, Duke of Lorraine Hadwiga. Gerard was the brother of Adalbert, first Duke of Lorraine of the House of Ardennes-Metz. This dynasty would provide all but three of the nations dukes during the period.

Gérard of Lorraine, and his wife Hedwige of Namur

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