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Marshal General of France

 

Marshal General of France

The title Marshal General of France or more exactly "Marshal General of the King's camps and armies" (maréchal général des camps et armées du roi) was given to signify that the recipient had authority over all the French armies in the days when a Marshal governed only one army usually. This dignity was bestowed only on Marshals of France, usually when the dignity of Constable of France was unavailable or, after 1626, suppressed.

List of incumbents

There have only been six in the history of France:

Five in the pre-revolutionary kingdom:

Only one under the House of Orléans' sole, constitutional king Louis-Philippe of France:

Sources

  • Quid.fr (French language online encyclopedia)
  • web.genealogie: les militaires (also online)
  • Harper Encyclopedia of Military Biography, edited by Trevor N. Dupuy et al. (most dates are from the latter)
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