Counts of Foix

Counts of Foix
Coat of arms of the counts of Foix

The counts of Foix ruled the independent County of Foix, in what is now southern France, during the Middle Ages. Later they extended their power to almost the entire Pyrenees mountain range, moving their court to Pau, in Béarn, until eventually the last count of Foix acceded to the French throne as King Henry IV of France.


Gallery of Arms

List of counts of Foix

House of Foix

Main article: House of Foix
  • 1010-1034 : Bernard Roger, count of Couserans, count of Bigorre, lord of Comminges and lord of Foix (second son of Roger I of Carcassonne)
Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Roger I
second son of Bernard-Roger and Garsenda, Countess of Bigorre
never married c. 1064
third son of Bernard-Roger and Garsenda, Countess of Bigorre
two son
c. 1071
Roger II
eldest son of Pierre-Bernard and Ledgarde
(1) Sicarda
no issues
(2) Stephanie of Besalú
four children
c. 1124
Roger III
eldest son of Roger II and Stephanie of Besalú
(1) ?
one daughter
(2) Jimena of Barcelona
bef. 8 July 1130
two children
c. 1148
Roger-Bernard I
c. 1130
only son of Roger III and Jimena of Barcelona
Cecilia of Béziers
11 July 1151
five children
November 1188
aged 57-58
Raimond-Roger of Foix.jpg c. 1152
second son of Roger-Bernard I and Cecilia of Béziers
Philippa of Montcada
two children
27 March 1223
Château de Mirepoix
aged 70–71
Roger-Bernard II
Roger-Bernard II of Foix.jpg c. 1195
only son of Raymond-Roger and Philippa of Montcada
(1) Ermesinda, Viscountess of Castelbón
10 January 1203
two children
(2) Ermengarde of Narbonne
23 January 1232
one daughter
26 May 1241
aged 45–46
Roger IV
RogerIVseal.jpg  ?
only son of Roger-Bernard II and Ermesinda, Viscountess of Castelbón
Brunissenda of Cardona
17 February 1231
five children
24 February 1265
Roger-Bernard III
Roger1276.jpg c. 1243
eldest son of Roger IV and Brunissenda of Cardona
Margaret, Viscountess of Béarn
14 October 1252
five children
3 March 1302
aged 59

House of Foix-Béarn

Main article: House of Foix-Béarn
Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Gaston I
Gatson1.jpg c. 1287
only son of Roger-Bernard III and Margaret, Viscountess of Béarn
Joan of Artois
October 1301
six children
13 December 1315
Maubuisson Abbey, Pontoise
aged 27-28
Gaston II
Gaston II de Foix-Béarn.jpg c. 1308
eldest son of Gaston I and Joan of Artois
Eleanor of Comminges
one son
26 September 1343
aged 34–35
Gaston III Phoebus
Gaston Phoebus.jpg 30 April 1331
only son of Gaston II and Eleanor of Comminges
Agnes of Navarre
4 August 1349
one son
1 August 1391
aged 60
c. 1363
second son of Roger Bernard IV, Viscount of Castelbon and Gerauda of Navailles
Joanna of Aragon
4 June 1392
no issues
August 1398
aged 34–35
with Archambaud (1398–1412)
with John I (1412–1428)
Isabelle de Foix-Castelbon.jpg bef. 2 November 1361
only daughter of Roger Bernard IV, Viscount of Castelbon and Gerauda of Navailles
five children
c. 1428
aged 46+
Archambaud de Grailly
with Isabella
Archambaud de Grailly.jpg c. 1329-1330
second son of Pierre II de Grailly and Erembourga de Périgord
c. 1412
aged 81-83

House of Foix-Grailly

Main article: House of Foix-Grailly
Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
John I
with Isabella (1412–1428)
c. 1382
eldest son of Archambaud and Isabella
(1) Joan of Navarre
12 November 1402
Palacio Real de Olite
no issues
(2) Jeanne d'Albret
23 May 1422
two sons
(3) Joanna of Urgell
May 1436
no issues
4 May 1436
Mazères, Ariège
aged 53-54
Gaston IV
Gaston.jpg 27 November 1422
eldest son of John I and Jeanne d'Albret
Eleanor of Navarre
30 July 1436
ten children
25/28 July 1472
aged 49
Francis Phoebus
November/December 1466
only son of Gaston of Foix, Prince of Viana and Magdalena of Valois
never married 30 January 1483
aged 16
with John II
Catherine of Navarre.jpg 1468
only daughter of Gaston of Foix, Prince of Viana and Magdalena of Valois
14 July 1484
Palacio Real de Olite
thirteen children
12 February 1517
aged 48-49
John II
with Catherine
John III of Navarre.jpg 1469
second son of Alain I of Albret and Françoise, Countess of Périgord
14 June 1516
Château de Pau
aged 46-47

House of Albret

Main article: House of Albret and Albret
Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Henry II
HenridAlbret16th.jpg 18 April 1503
third son of John II and Catherine
Margaret of Angoulême
24 January 1527
two children
25 May 1555
aged 52
with Anthony
Jeannedalbret.jpg 7 January 1528
only daughter of Henry I and Margaret of Angoulême
(1) William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
14 June 1541
Château de Châtellerault
no issues
(2) Anthony of Navarre
20 October 1548
Moulins en Bourbonnais, Allier
five children
9 June 1572
aged 44
with Joan
Antoine-de-bourbon.jpg 22 April 1518
La Fère, Picardie
second son of Charles, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise of Alençon
20 October 1548
Moulins en Bourbonnais, Allier
five children
17 November 1562
Les Andelys, Eure
aged 44

House of Bourbon

Main article: House of Bourbon
Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Henry II
Henrinavarre.jpg 13 December 1553
Château de Pau
second son of Anthony and Joan
(1) Margaret of Valois
18 August 1572
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
no issues
(2) Marie de' Medici
17 December 1600
six children
14 May 1610
aged 57

In 1607 the county of Foix was reunited to the French crown.

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