Henry VIII,the Reign
Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion
c. 1492 – 1 June 1543
Count of Charny and Buzançois
also known as
Admiral De Brion,
Admiral of France.
Ambassador to England
Profile Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion
The Chabot family was one of the oldest and most powerful in Poitou. Philippe was a companion of Francis I as a child, and on that king's accession was loaded with honours and estates.
After the battle of Pavia he was made Admiral of France and governor of Burgundy in 1526, and shared with Anne de Montmorency the direction of affairs. He served as ambassador to England in 1533 and 1534.
He was at the height of his power in 1535, and commanded the army for the invasion of the states of the duke of Savoy; but in the campaigns of 1536 and 1537 he was eclipsed by Montmorency, and from then his influence began to wane.
He was accused by his enemies of peculation, and condemned on 10 February 1541 to a fine of 1,500,000 livres, to banishment, and to the confiscation of his estates. Through the offices of the king's mistress Madame d'Étampes, he obtained the king's pardon in March 1541 and reinstated in his posts, and regained his estates and his influence, while Montmorency was disgraced. However, he died soon afterwards on 1 June 1543.