Portrait of Charles III (1543-1608), Duke of Lorraine and Bar, Marquis of Pont-à-Mousson (1545-1608), Regency (1545-1559), 1572
In 1545, his father died, and his mother served as the regent during his minority. In 1552, Lorraine was invaded by France, his mother's regency was terminated and Charles was removed from Lorraine to France, to be raised at the French royal court in accordance to the needs of French interests. In 1559, he was married to Princess Claude of France, and allowed to depart to Lorraine and take control of his domain. The reign of Charles III is regarded as a great age of peace and prosperity for Lorraine. He pursued a policy of strict neutrality between France and The Holy German Empire, as well as during the French Wars of Religion.
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