Charles Joseph de Flahaut

Augusts Charles Joseph, count von Flahaut de La Billardierie (French de Flahaut comte…) (* 21. April 1785 in Paris; † 1. September 1870 in of Paris) French aide Murats, general and diplomat.


it is considered officially as a son of Alexandre Sébastien de Flahaut de la Billarderie, Comte de Flahaut, guillotiniert in Arras in February 1793, and his Mrs. Adelaide Filleul, late Mme de Souza. Actually is however Talleyrand its father been, for which the temporally fitting relationship with its nut/mother does not only speak, but also its close co-operation with Talleyrand up to its death 1838. After the execution of her married man its widow took Charles Joseph 1792 also in the exile, where he remained until 1798.

After the return to France it joined the army in the year 1800 as a Freiwilliger and received after the battle from Marengo, thus still in the same year, its officer patent. It was wounded aide by Joachim Murat and 1805 in the battle of land brook. After the battle of Friedland it received the cross of the Ehrenlegion, in the year 1807 returned it to Paris . It serves in the war in Spain in the year 1808, afterwards in Germany.

After the battle of daring RAM he was appointed Colonels and to the baron.

During Napoleons' stay in Warsaw 1807 Flahaut with Anna Poniatowski, had had countess Potocka a relationship resume that the countess by a removal to of Paris meant. But Flahaut had been received in the meantime a relationship with Hortense de Beauharnais, the stepdaughter and sister-in-law Napoleon and from 1806 to 1810 queen of Holland. Their two son was to 21. October 1811 born Charles Augusts Louis Joseph Demorny, the later duke of Morny, by its nut/mother thus half brother of the three and a half year older later emperor Napoleon III..

Flahaut fought with honor in the Russia campaign of 1812, to 1813 Brigadier General, Napoleons' aide, and 1813, after the people battle with Leipzig, division general and also with was recompenced. In the battle with Hanau it distinguished by a desperate bravery and by Napoleon the role of a negotiator with the allied ones assigned himself.

After Napoleons' resignation in April 1814 it subjected to the new government, became in September from the service to dismiss however nevertheless. He was in this time a persistent companion of Hortense, until he was again re-activated by Napoleons' return by the island Elba at the beginning of of 1816 and the following rule of the hundred days. A legation to Vienna, with which it should cause the return of Marie Louise, failed, since it was arrested in Stuttgart. Soon after it one released it, the returned emperor appointed him the Pair and made him his aide, among other things in the battle with Waterloo. It fought to Napoleon II. in the battle of Waterloo, and tried afterwards even still. to bring on the throne.

Talleyrands influence did not protect it into the exile to be sent however, to come under police monitoring. He withdrew himself to Germany and then to England , where he Margaret, daughter of the admiral George Keith Elphinstone, 1. Viscount Keith and after its death Baroness Keith married. The French Ambassador, who protested against this marriage, reached only that Flahaut returned its officer patent. Its oldest daughter, Emily Jane, married Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 4. Marquess OF Lansdowne.

1827 returned the family to France. 1830 gave it Louis Philippe the office of a lieutenant general and made it the Pair of France. 1831 was it for short time Ambassador in Berlin, belonged thereafter belonged it to the yard of the prince Ferdinand Philipp of France, the duke of Orléans in Antwerp. one made it for 1837 the large stable master of the prince.

To its death 1841 it was sent as an Ambassador to Vienna, where it remained up to the February revolution 1848; when it became to dismiss from the diplomatic service, it withdrew itself also from the army.

After the coup d'etat Napoleon of 2. December 1851 it was used again actively (Demorny, his son, the later duke of Morny, was now Minister of the Interior), became then 1853 senator as well as 1854 large chancellors of the Ehrenlegion, and from 1860 to 1862 he was an Ambassador at the yard of pc. James's, its last commitment for the French state.


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