Blessed Margaret of Lorraine

detail of a painting of Blessed Margaret of Lorraine; artist and date unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Margaret Lotarynska
  • Margarita of Lorraine
  • Margherita of Lorraine
  • Marguerite de Lorraine-Vaudemont
  • Marguerite of Lorraine



Youngest daughter of Duke Frederick of Lorraine (in modern France and Jolanta Anjou; niece of Margaret of Anjou. Married René, Duke of Alençon, who was 23 years her senior, in 1488. Mother of three. Widowed in 1492. She administered the ducal estate herself, lived austerely, took care of her family, and gave largely to charities. Founded a Poor Clare convent at Argentan, Brittany, France. When her children were grown, she entered the convent as a nun, making her vows in 1520; she always refused attempts to make her the abbess.




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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Margaret of Lorraine“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 November 2021. Web. 9 December 2021. <>