De Cossé-Brissac


mer0003Virginia Hambley is also kin to the Brissac family.


Victor de Bourmont is a member of one of the great Angevin aristocratic families. He was born 1907 in Pontivy and died in March 1945 in Pomerania near Kolberg (Korlin). It descends many aristocratic families of the region and of Brittany, including the Cossé-Brissac, and Rohan. Many of her forebears were under the former Regime, presidents or advisors of the Chamber of Auditors of Brittany and Normandy.

Married in 1938, he left behind, his death four children in infants.

De Cossé-Brissac (home of Chris with the title of Duke of Brissac) is a surviving family of French nobility.

It has four marshals of France, generals, peer of France, six Knights of the Holy Spirit, two Governors of Paris, with large bodyguard of France, the great Falconer of France, three bishops, as well as a politician in the French Fifth Republic .

[hide]1 History 1.1 Main members
1.2 Family tree
1.3 . The Brissac princes of Robech (1860-1951)
1.4 Related articles

2 Notes and references
3 Bibliography

History[change the code]

This family is most illustrious than ancient because its evidence of nobility dates back to 14921. However, there is of Cossé well before, without knowing however if it is a single family, which first lived circa 1040 (Fiacre de Cossé was in 1180 close to King Philippe Auguste). But this family became especially known from XVIe century.

The Cossé-Brissac are native to Mayenne. They owned seigneuries as Cossé-en-Champagne, Mee (or Menil), or even the Château de Craon that they sold to allow one of their daughters to found a convent in the last century. Then thee century XVthey went down in Anjou, served the Queen Jeanne de Laval and acquired the seigneury of Brissac, with the Castle, to the Brézé family. They have been fixed in Anjou. By marriage they acquired several Lordships Brittany as assigned, Coëtmen (Barony) and Malestroit.

The family motto is Virtute Tempore (courage and time).

She received the title of Duke (and hand) of Brissac in 1611. Some of its members carried the title of Duke of Cossé (sometimes in title waiting for Duke of Brissac) as well as the Spanish title of prince of Robech received by a marriage in 1817 and at the Lévis-Mirepoix in 1925 following a marriage of 1906.

Key members[change the code]

The Château de Brissac is a noble mansion in the commune of Brissac-Quincé, in the département of Maine-et-Loire, France. It was originally built as a castle by the Counts of Anjou in the 11th century. After the victory over the English by Philip II of France, he gave the property to Guillaume des Roches. (the castle got the name Brissac from one of its owners The Duke of Brissac)

In the 15th century, the structure was rebuilt by Pierre de Brézé, a wealthy chief minister to King Charles VII. During the reign (1515–47) of Francis I, the property was acquired by René de Cossé, who the king named as governor of Anjou and Maine.

During the French Wars of Religion, Château Brissac was made a possession in 1589 by the Protestant, Henry of Navarre. Severely damaged, the fortress was scheduled to be demolished. However, Charles II de Cossé sided with Henri of Navarre who soon was crowned King of France. In gratitude, King Henri gave him the property, the title Duc de Brissac and the money to rebuild the chateau in 1611. Its construction made it the highest château in France, its façade reflecting the influences of that century’s Baroque architecture. Through marriage, the Cossé-Brissac family also acquired the Château Montreuil-Bellay but later sold it.

In August 1620, Louis XIII and his mother, Marie de Medici, met to discuss their differences in the “neutral” territory of Château Brissac. A temporary truce between the two was reached but it did not last long and the Queen Mother was eventually banished.

The descendants of the Duc de Brissac maintained the château until 1792 when the property was ransacked during the Revolution. It lay in waste until a restoration program began in 1844 that was carried on during the 19th century by the Duke’s descendants.

Today, the Château Brissac is still owned by a de Cossé family member. It has seven storeys altogether, making it the tallest chateau in the Loire Valley. The chateau is open to tours and its luxurious gilded theater hosts the annual Val de Loire festival. It was also used as a location for Brazilian celebrity magazine “Caras” until recently.

Recently, the castle was also prominently featured as the temporary stadium for the Iron Chef French Battles, of the original Japanese Iron Chef television show. Two battles were staged at Château Brissac and aired in Japan on April 12, 1996. The first battle, with theme ingredient salmon, was between Bernard Leprince and Iron Chef Japanese Koumei Nakamura, and was won by Leprince. At the time, Leprince was chef at La Tour d’Argent in Paris. The second battle was between Pierre Gagnaire and Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai, with theme ingredient lobster, and was won by Gagnaire.

Charles i. of Cossé (1507-1564), count of Brissac, Marshal of France in 1550 ;
Artus de Cossé-Brissac (1512-1582), Lord of Gonnord and count of Secondigny (died 1582), Marshal of France in 1567 ;
Timoléon de Cossé (1543-1569), French soldier;
Charles II of Chris (1562-1626), first Duke of Brissac, peer of France, Henry IV gave him the baton of Marshal of France;
Jean Paul Timoléon de Cossé-Brissac (1698-1780), seventh Duke of Brissac, Marshal of France in 1768 ;
Louis Hercule Timoléon de Cossé-Brissac (1734-1792), eighth Duke of Brissac, Governor of Paris, colonel of the cent-Suisses ;
Charles de Cossé – Brissac (1904-1990), general director of the historical Service of the army.

Elvire de Brissac, writer.

Philippe de Cossé-Brissac (died 1548), Bishop of Coutances, grand almoner of France ;
Louis Joseph Timoléon de Cossé (1733-1759), Duke of Cossé;
Arthus Hugues Gabriel Timoléon (1790-1857), comte de Cossé-Brissac, Knight of the order of the Kingfirst pannetier from France;
Stone of Christopher Briscoe (1900-1993), polytechnician, artillery officer and industrialist, president of the Jockey Club.
François de Cossé-Brissac, president of the Jockey Club and grand master Emeritus of themilitary and hospital of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem ;
Charles-Henri de Cossé-Brissac (1936-2003), Senator and president of the conseil Général of Loire-Atlantique.
During the war of Algeria, theAbbé de Cossé-Brissac, priest of theChurch Saint-Michel in Dijon, became known for his denunciation of theuse of torture by the French army , which he termed “collective sin”2.

Family tree[change the code]

o Thibaud de Cossé
o René de Cossé de Brissac
o Charles Ier de Cossé de Brissac
o Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac 1545-1569
o Charles II de Cossé de Brissac, 1er duc de Brissac 1562-1626
o François de Cossé de Brissac, 2e duc de Brissac 1585-1651
o Louis de Cossé de Brissac, 3e duc de Brissac 1625-1661
o Henri-Albert de Cossé de Brissac, 4e duc de Brissac 1645-1698
o Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac 1625 ou 1626-1675
o Artus Timoléon Louis de Cossé de Brissac, 5e duc de Brissac 1668-1709
o Charles T. L. de Cossé de Brissac, 6e duc de Brissac 1693-1732
o Catherine 1724-1794 épouse de Louis de Noailles
o Jean Paul Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac, 7e duc de Brissac 1698-1780
o Louis Joseph Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac 1733-1759
o Louis-Hercule de Cossé de Brissac, 8e duc de Brissac 1734-1792
o Adélaïde de Cossé de Brissac 1765-1820
mère de Casimir de Mortemart
o René-Hugues de Cossé de Brissac 1702-1754
o Hyacinthe Hugues Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac 1746-1813
o Augustin, 9e duc de Brissac 1775-1848
o Timoléon, 10e duc de Brissac 1813-1888
o Roland, marquis de Brissac 1843-1871
o François, 11e duc de Brissac 1868-1944
o Roland 1898-1936
o Pierre, 12e duc de Brissac 1900-1993
o François de Cossé de Brissac, 13e duc de Brissac né en 1929
o Charles-André, né en 1962, marquis de Brissac
o Laszlo, né en 1994
o Elvire de Brissac, romancière née en 1939
o Diane épouse le prince Ernest de Ligne
o Charles de Cossé de Brissac
o Désiré de Cossé de Brissac 1793-1870
o Henri Charles Anne Marie Timoléon de Cossé de Brissac 1822-1887
o Clotilde de Cossé de Brissac 1824-1866
o Marie Berthe de Cossé de Brissac 1825-1896
o Fernand de Cossé de Brissac 1826-1905
o Artus de Cossé-Brissac

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