Edmond De Talleyrand-Perigord
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Edmond De Talleyrand-Perigord
Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord
Duke of Dino, Duke of Talleyrand, Duke of Sagan
Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord.jpg
Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord by François-Joseph Kinson
Born(1787-08-01)1 August 1787
Paris, France
Died14 May 1872(1872-05-14) (aged 84)
Florence, Italy
(m. 1809; div. 1824)
Napoléon Louis de Talleyrand-Périgord
Dorothée de Talleyrand-Périgord
Alexandre de Talleyrand-Périgord
Joséphine Pauline de Talleyrand-Périgord
FatherArchambaud de Talleyrand-Périgord
MotherMadeleine Olivier de Senozan de Viriville

Edmond de Talleyrand-Périgord, 2nd Duke of Talleyrand, 2nd Duke of Dino (1 August 1787, Paris - 14 May 1872, Florence), was a French general of the Napoleonic Wars.[1]

Early life

As the son of Archambaud de Talleyrand-Périgord (1762-1838) and Madeleine Olivier de Senozan de Viriville (1764-1794), he was the nephew of the minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838), the 1st Duke of Dino.[2]


In 1812, Edmond also received a regiment in Brescia (north Italy) from Talleyrand, and on 19 September 1813 was promoted to oberst. He served in the War of the Sixth Coalition, commanding three Chasseur regiments under major-general Leopold Wilhelm von Dobschütz (1763-1836) at the battle of Mühlberg in 1813, where he was captured. By October 1823 he had become lieutenant-general.[2]

His uncle Talleyrand sought a high position for Edmond. He could not rise in France, since Napoleon had banned all French heiresses from marrying outside the French nobility and since Talleyrand had fallen from favor in 1807 after his resignation as Foreign Minister. Thus, at the Congress of Erfurt in 1808, he approached Tsar Alexander I of Russia for permission for a marriage between Edmond and Dorothea von Biron, as a reward for Talleyrand's diplomatic services. Talleyrand was certain of gaining permission from the bride's mother, since he was on friendly terms with her and since payment of her annual apanage was dependent on Russia.[2]

Personal life

On 21 April 1809, Edmond married Princess Dorothea Biron von Kurland (1793-1862) in Frankfurt am Main.[3] Though Edmond was indifferent about the match, she was from German-Baltic nobility, as the illegitimate daughter of Alexander Batowski and Dorothea von Medem though her mother's husband, Peter von Biron, the last Duke of Courland, who acknowledged her as his own.[2]

Edmond and his wife had children, but by 1812 their married life was over, with Dorothea having become his uncle's lover and (after his death in 1838) his sole heir. They first separated in March 1816 and their official separation from Edmond came in 1824. Their children were:[4]

Talleyrand died on 14 May 1872 in Florence, Italy, where he had lived for the past 40 years.[2]


  1. ^ Dino (duchesse de), Dorothée (1909). Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino: 1831-1835. W. Heinemann. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bunel, Arnaud. "Maison de Périgord - Maison de Talleyrand-Périgord". www.talleyrand.org. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ d'Osmond Boigne (comtesse de), Louise-Eléonore-Charlotte-Adélaide (1907). Memoires of the comtesse de Boigne. Heinemann. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ de), Louise-Eléonore-Charlotte-Adélaide d'Osmond Boigne (comtesse (1907). Récits d'une tante: Mémoires de la comtesse de Boigne née d'Osmond (in French). Plon-Nourrit et cie. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Napoléon-Louis Talleyrand-Périgord (1811-1898) - Author - Resources from the BnF". data.bnf.fr. Biblitheque nationale de France. Retrieved 2017.

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