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John Philip
John Philip
Biographical Information
Family Name: John Philip Valois-Angoulême
Title: 1st Baron of Velay
Born: Spring 1558
Age: 18 months
Gender: Male Male
Nationality: French Flag - France

Scottish Flag - Scotland

Status: Alive
Religion: Roman Catholic
Originally From: France
Current Location: French Court
Affiliations: Kingdom of France

Kingdom of Scotland
House of Valois

Relationship Information
Parents: King Francis(Father)

Lady Lola(Mother)
Lord Narcisse (Step-father)
Queen Mary(Step-mother)

Family: Fredrick Fleming (Uncle)

Queen Elisabeth (Aunt)
Princess Claude (Paternal aunt)
King Charles (Uncle)
Prince Henri (Uncle)
Luc Narcisse (Step-brother)
Eduard Narcisse(Step-brother)
Lady Amelie (Step-cousin)

Interests: Lady Von Amsberg (Engaged)
Character Information
First Appearance: The Plague
Last Appearance: Leaps of Faith

John Philip is the illegitimate son born to his father, King Francis, and his mother, Lady Lola. He has been given lands and titles, including Baron of Velay. He lost his father to a gang of Scottish assassins and his mother was decapitated not long after, making him an orphan. He is now being raised at French court.


Early Life

John Philip was conceived out of wedlock in Paris, France at the The Burgundy House in winter of 1557.

Season 2

John Philip was born in a barn during The Black Plague outbreak in France in 1558. Soon after his mother Lola gave birth to him, his father Francis, arrived. Their reunion was short, as it soon struck them both that the plague had reached the barn they were staying at. Lola's driver fled, so Francis stepped up to the role.

The next day, they encountered Louis of Condé, a cousin of his father's. He took them to his camp and supplied them with food and water. Once his dehydrated mother was fed, she was able to produce milk to feed him. A few days later, his father decided to keep him and bring him to court.

Days later, they all arrived at French court, where they were greeted by Greer Norwood, Lady Kenna and Queen Mary. Mary was against Francis claiming his child at first, but she later changed her mind when she realized the child would be safer that way.

John was brought down to Tent City with his mother and was cooed over by many noble women, who lauded Lola for landing a chateau as well as a title for her newborn son.

Not long after his father's Coronation, John was christened with Queen Mary as his godmother.

King Francis confessed to his wife that he had been visiting his son and apologized for lying about it. He did it to spare her feelings, given her recent miscarriage.

Lord Narcisse threatens John's life if Francis doesn't sign the edict.

Lola learned that Narcisse threatened her baby and is not pleased. She ends things with Narcisse, leaving him bitter and alone.

The castle was attacked by assassins with the intention to kill King Francis, presumably John as well.

Cried for three days from baby colic. His mother stayed by his side the entire time, but he calmed down or tired himself out when his dad came to hold him.

His mother and father visited him together for the first time in weeks.

King Francis tells Lady Lola he was looking for her at the Duke's Memorial service. He has good news, telling her that the Duke and Duchess Von Amsberg were in town. And that they were a wealthy, and powerful branch of The Hapsburgs, and had agreed to an engagement between their infant daughter and their son.

King Francis sent him and his mother away for their safety while the castle was under siege by Louis of Condé.

On their way back from the safe house, they were kidnapped and taken somewhere against their will. They were eventually found by Lord Narcisse and brought back to Court. It turned out Queen Catherine was behind the whole thing.

Season 3

While spending time with his son, Francis tells Lola that he forbids her from having a relationship with Lord Narcisse.

His mother went out to pick his favourite berries for him during his nap.

Lord Narcisse wants to slip away with Lady Lola, hut she declines, informing him King Francis knows about them. He answers that that is a problem, and they will find a solution. Lola tells him she can't do it anymore. Realizing her life belonged to her son, John Philip. She has to think about what's best for him, and she's not sure that's him. As long as Francis has doubts, so will she.

While talking with Lady Lola Elizabeth mentioned how Royals have such a strange sense of family. Her father, King Henry VIII cut off her mother, Anne Boleyn's head. her sister, Mary Tudor jailed her as a threat to her rule. And how Lola had King Francis's bastard son.

Season 4

Elizabeth and Gideon discused the events surrounding Lola's execution. Gideon Blackburn asked if they gain any information in Scotland, but Queen Mary maintained her innocence. Queen Elizabeth said Lola admitted the order came from Mary. Gideon wondered if Lola was wrong, used by someone. Elizabeth added Lord Narcisse was imprisoned in The Tower of London and refused to speak, but John Philip and his nanny were missing. Lola had probably planned an escape for them after her death, and they were back in France.

Gideon re-introduced himself to Narcisse. Reminding him they met in France. Gideon says he know why Narcisse was refusing to speak, he's afraid of being implicated in his wife's crime. But he can trust him. Gideon know he wasn't involved and neither was Mary. Insisting Mary would never put a friend in danger like that. Narcisse argued Mary would if her country were at risk. Elizabeth was on the edge of taking Scotland, and Lola would never have done it unless the order came from Mary. However it is soon realized, John's nanny Renee might be involved. Narcisse left little John with her, in hiding, waiting to flee. But if Renee betrayed Lola, and her own queen, they wondered what she might she do to a child left behind, a complication.

Renee told Gideon Blackburn that John Philip, knows him as his mother's friend. But he still calls out for her, he doesn't understands his mom isn't coming back. However she died at the hands of archers soon after.

John Knox visited John Philip with his new nanny. She told him John had trouble falling asleep, and missed his mother, adding he'd lost much. His father, mother, and his last caregiver. They found her with the boy and brought them back to court, but an infection took her strangely quick.

Narcisse and Catherine are reunited at French Court, along with John Philip. Catherine thanked Narcisse for returning John, and promises to protect him, to honour Francis and Lola, and as his stepfather, he would always be in his life. But Narcisse doesn’t want that, John has Lola's eyes and he can't look at him.


  • The first and only child to both Lady Lola Fleming and King Francis II of France.
  • Was conceived in Paris, France at The Burgundy House. [1]
  • Lola was approximately three months pregnant with John when she tried to have an abortion. [2]
  • Born during a plague outbreak. [3] [4]
  • Lola referred to him as Robert after her brother, until he was officially named John Philippe [5] [6]
  • Is the godchild of Queen Mary I. [6]
  • Officially recognized by his father, the King of France, and given the title of Baron. [6]
  • Involved in a plot against his father that most likely would have included his murder. [7]
  • Suffered from Baby Colic for approximately 3 days. [8]
  • Engaged to the daughter of the Duke and Duchess Von Amsberg, related to the famous Habsburgs. [9]
  • Queen Elizabeth sent for him after his mother was arrested for three days. He is now old enough to walk. [10]
  • John Philip is played by at least 3 different babies in The Plague
    • John Philip has been played by approximately 8 different babies as of Getaway, as the show is moving at a slower pace than real life.
  • Queen Mary promised to be his godmother, but never stepped up to the role.
  • It is unknown what becomes of John Philip after the Twenty-one year time jump in the series finale, All It Cost Her.

In History

John Philip is an entirely fictional character as King Francis never had any children.

Family Tree

King Francis I
Claude of France
Duke Francis
King Henry
Queen Catherine
Madeleine of Valois
Charles of Valois
Margaret of Valois
King Francis
Mary Stuart
Queen Elisabeth
King Philip
Princess Claude
Luc Narcisse
King Charles
Prince Henri
Princess Margot
John Philip
Prince Don Carlos


Season Two
The Plague Drawn and Quartered Coronation The Lamb and the Slaughter Blood for Blood Three Queens The Prince of the Blood Terror of the Faithful Acts of War Mercy Getaway
Banished Sins of the Past The End of Mourning Forbidden Tasting Revenge Tempting Fate Reversal of Fortune Abandoned Fugitive The Siege Burn
Season Three
Three Queens, Two Tigers Betrothed Extreme Measures The Price In a Clearing Fight or Flight The Hound and the Hare Our Undoing Wedlock
Bruises That Lie Succession No Way Out Strange Bedfellows To The Death Safe Passage Clans Intruders Spiders in a Jar
Season Four
With Friends Like These A Grain of Deception Leaps of Faith Playing With Fire Highland Games Love & Death Hanging Swords Uncharted Waters
Pulling Strings A Better Man Dead of Night The Shakedown Coup de Grace A Bride. A Box. A Body. Blood in the Water All It Cost Her

Related Pages

Pages related to John Philip are the following:

King FrancisLady LolaLola and FrancisKingdom of FranceHouse of ValoisJohn Philip's Christening

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King: Charles IX of France Queen: Catherine de' Medici (Regent)
House of Valois
Heir: Henry of Valois Lands: Kingdom of France
Title(s): King of France · King of Poland · King Consort of Scotland · Grand Duke of Lithuania · Duke of Orléans ·
Deceased Members: Louis of Valois · Henriette of Valois · Emone of Valois · Henry II of France · Francis II of France
Household: ·