Francis I of France

King of France (1494-1547)

Francis I of France (September 12, 1494 - March 31, 1547) was a King of France and a member of the house of Valois.

Francis I


Francis was born in Cognac, France on September 12, 1494. His parents were Charles, Duke of Angoulême and Louise of Savoy.


Francis I married Claude of France on May 18, 1514. They had seven children, two died before turning eight, two died at the ages of eighteen to twenty-three. Those who lived to adulthood were:

  • Henry, King of France
  • Madeline, Queen of Scotland
  • Margaret, Duchess of Berry


Francis was very interested in art and liked the artist Leonardo da Vinci.


Francis died on March 31, 1547. He is buried in the Saint Denis Basilica.