Royal Tombs of France


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The now destroyed tomb of queen Brunhilda of Austrasia (+614) at the destroyed l'abbaye Saint-Martin d'Autun.The abbey was founded by the queen and in 1793 her tomb was smashed and remains lost. The abbey itself did not survive and was totally destroyed during the French Revolution.



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Also once buried at the now destroyed Abbaye du Bouschet-Vauluisant which served as the necropolis of the Counts of Auvergne.

Godefroy de Boulogne and his wife Marguerite Dauphine
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Guy de Montfort ,Cardinal de Boulogne and Archbishop of Lyons
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Louise de La Trémoille
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During the violations of the Bourbon and Valois crypts in October 1793,
the body of Louis XV was put on display after his coffin was smashed open on October 15th,1793.

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All but five of the kings of France were buried in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, as well as a few other monarchs. The remains of the early monarchs were removed from the destroyed Abbey of St Genevieve. Some of the more prominent monarchs buried in the basilica are:
  • Clovis I (466–511)
  • Childebert I (496–558)
  • Aregund (515/520–580)
  • Fredegund (third wife of Chilperic I), (died 597)
  • Dagobert I (603–639)
  • Clovis II (634–657)
  • Charles Martel (686–741)
  • Pepin the Short (714–768) and his wife, Bertrada of Laon (born 710–727, died 783)
  • Charles the Bald (823–877) (his brass monument was melted down during the Revolution) and his first wife, Ermentrude of Orléans (823–869)
  • Carloman II (866–884)
  • Robert II of France (972–1031) and his third wife, Constance of Arles (986–1032)
  • Henry I of France (1008–1060)
  • Louis VI of France (1081–1137)
  • Louis VII of France (1120–1180) and his second wife, Constance of Castile (1140–1160)
  • Philip II of France (1165–1223)
  • St. Louis IX of France (1214–1270)
  • Charles I of Naples (1227–1285), an effigy covers his heart burial
  • Philip III of France (1245–1285) and his first wife, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France (1248–1271)
  • Philip IV of France (1268–1314)
  • Leo V, King of Armenia (1342–1393) (cenotaph)
  • Charles VII, King of France (1403–1461)
  • Charles VIII, King of France (1470–1498)
  • Louis XII of France (1462–1515)
  • Francis I of France (1494–1547)
  • Henry II (1519–1559) and Catherine de' Medici (1519–1589)
  • Francis II (1544–1560)
  • Charles IX (1550–1574) (no monument)
  • Henry III (1551–1589), also King of Poland (heart burial monument)
  • Henry IV (1553–1610)
  • Louis XIII (1601–1643)
  • Louis XIV (1638–1715)
  • Louis XV (1710–1774)
  • Louis XVI (1754–1793) and Marie Antoinette (1755–1793)
  • Louis XVII (1785–1795) (only his heart; his body was dumped into a mass grave)
  • Louis XVIII (1755–1824)

The Royal Chapel of Dreux situated in Dreux, France, is the traditional burial place of members of the House of Orléans.
Around 75 people are buried here, including King Louis Philippe I and Prince Henri, Count of Paris, and pretender to the throne of France and head of the royal house.
 
The chapel Royal at Dreux was originally the burial site of the Ducal House of Penthièvre at the Saint-Étienne collegiate church.
The Saint-Étienne collegiate church was ransacked in March 1793 as was the ducal crypt and the remains of all those buried there were emptied from their coffins into a pit dug outside.
The chapel was torn down in 1797.

In 1816 ,Marie-Adélaïde de Bourbon (the mother of Louis Philippe) bought back the land and had a chapel erected on the site where the ducal remains were dumped.
Her son Louis Philippe later had the chapel enlarged.
 
The Collegiate Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montrésor Church contains the noble tombs of the Lords of Montrésor.
The most impressive tomb is that of Imbert de Batarnay.Lord of Montrésor and members of his family.The church was looted in 1793 during the terror and the tomb mutilated and dismantled but thankfully the fragments were moved to the crypt and forgotten about and rediscovered and repaired during the Bourbon Restoration.

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The Collégiale Saint-Georges de Vendome was the necropolis for the Ducal house of Vendôme,which was a branch of the House of Bourbon.
The church was situated within the Ducal Castle and housed many splendid tombs .
In 1562 ,Jeanne d'Albret ,queen of Navarre and Duchess Consort of Vendôme allowed her Huguenot garrison troops to pillage and loot all of the Catholic churches and religious houses in the town. The Collégiale Saint-Georges de Vendôme was not spared and the Vendôme tombs were badly damaged.
This incident caused uproar and the queen of Navarre was almost driven out of the region.
Jeanne and her husband Antoine de Bourbon and their daughter,Catherine were later buried at the chapel.
In 1793 during the Terror the worst vandalism took place and the entire church was sacked and looted ,thankfully some of the tomb monuments were salvaged and taken to the Museum of Vendôme where they are still housed.The remains of all of those buried within the chapel were dumped into a pit.
Much of the church was also torn down and today a few remains still stand. In the summer of 2017 it was thought that the pit containing the remains of all those previously buried was discovered.
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The tombs of the Lords of Chaumont and other family members were housed at the now destroyed Notre-Dame-du-Val in Rouen.
The Church like so many was ransacked and pillaged in 1793 and later torn down.
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The now lost tombs of Marie de Bretagne (daughter of Francis I er of Brittany and Isabella of Scotland) and her husband, Jean II de Rohan at the now destroyed Notre-Dame Collegiate Church in Nantes.

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