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John Philip
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Biographical Information
Real Name: Jean-Philippe Valois-Angoulême
Title: 1st Baron of Vallie

John Philip Noir un William, Baron of Vallie

Born: July 1558
Age: 18 months
Religion: Catholicism
Originally From: France
Current Location: London, England
Parents: King Francis(Father)

Lady Lola(Mother)
Lord Narcisse (Step-Father) Queen Mary (Stepmother)

Family: Fredrick Fleming (Uncle)

Queen Elisabeth (Aunt)
Princess Claude (Paternal Aunt/Step-Sister-in-law)
King Charles (Uncle)
Prince Henri (Uncle)
Queen Mary (Godmother)
Luc Narcisse (Step-Brother)
Eduard Narcisse(Step-Brother)
Lady Amelie (Step-Cousin)

Interests: Lady Von Amsberg (Engaged)
Affiliations: Kingdom of France

Kingdom of Scotland
House of Valois

Physical Description
Gender: Male Male.png
Status: Alive
Character Information
First appearance: The Plague

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 Vallie.

Early Life

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

Season 1

Lola asked Kenna where she had been the night before. She'd come to her with hot cocoa, but a servant said she was with the King. Kenna tried to play it off, but Lola's said it was very late, and she knew what she was up to and it was a mistake. Kenna then informed Lola she knew of the Château she had claimed to stay at. And that it had burned down the year before. She didn't know exactly what Lola and Francis had been up to, but she could make a pretty good guess.

Lola was approximately 3 months pregnant when she tried to get an abortion. Kenna, and Mary Stuart all find out Lola is pregnant with Francis' child.

Go make that man marry you!

Mary and Lola are talking about Lola's pregnancy. Mary tells Lola to go to the First Light Banquette and insists she'll find someone to marry there. She thinks it's a good idea Lola gets married quickly, and that King Francis never finds out.

Take my candle

At the ball Lola and Mary were discussing Count Philipe Nardin they would be a good match, and should married quickly, and fall in love after. Lola is being courted by Count Philipe Nardin, as they leave the party they make small talk. Philipe apologizes there can be no time for romance and states he likes her and finds her attractive. He adds he's put off getting married for too long, and now his inheritance rests on it. He promises they can get married, and get to know each other after, promising he actually is quite a romantic in real life. He offers Lola his candle and she accepts, telling him to look for it in her window.

Francis finds Lola and asks if she's considering marrying Count Philipe Nardin. She says she is and asks why he cares. Francis says not to rush anything.

Francis and Mary are talking about Philipe Nardin, and he comes clean about the rumors of Philipe Nardin prefering the company of men to women. Francis confesses that he was talking to Lola about it and this infuriates Mary. Francis decided to come clean about what happened while they were in Paris.

Mary finds Lola and is furious with her for making her lie to her husband. Mary tells her how her fiancé prefers the company of men, but she should marry him anyway. This hurts Lola as it means she could never eventually find happiness with him. Mary tells her it doesn't matter and Lola needs to do this to fix both their problems. She demands Lola to marry him, and if she doesn't, she will tell Francis everything.

The next day, Mary apologizes to her friend for her outburst. They talk about Lola's pregnancy and Mary’s trouble having children. Lola promises to take this secret to the grave.

Girl, get ready!

Mary takes Lola and inform her the potential fiancée will be delayed for five weeks. Lola complains that she will start to show in a week or two, and Mary promises her she will be able to figure it out soon.

later, Lola confesses she has something secret to Greer and Kenna.

I need to get married soon!

Mary finds Lola in her room crying. She is upset that her dress no longer fits, her pregnancy is beginning to show further. Mary suggests Lola try for Lord Julien. As it is perfect for the two. Lola needs to marry, adding she needs this to work for herself, for her and Francis.

Mary Stuart tells King Francis of Lola's pregnancy, and the child is his.

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 King Francis, arrived. Not long after they were all together was it realized the Plague had reached inside the barn, which led the three of them to quickly flee. [1]

The next day, they were introduced to Louis Condé, a cousin of his fathers. He 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. [1]

Days later, they all arrived at French Court and were greeted by Lady Greer and Lady Kenna. A few nights later he was visited by his father and a nanny. [2]

The next week John was brought down to Tent City with his mother and was cooed over by many noble women, including Lady Barnard.[3]

Not long after his father's Coronation, John was christened with Queen Mary as his Godmother.[4]

King Francis confessed to his wife that he was visiting his son and apologized to her admitting that he had been lying about it to spare her from being hurt about it. [5]

Baby John Philip makes his first appearance since his Christening.

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. [6]

His dad and mom visited him together for the first time in a couple of weeks.[7]

The Duke of Guise's high treason against the crown is covered up in light of his murder. King Antoine, King Francis, Queen Mary, Queen Catherine, Marie de Guise, Louis Condé and Lady Lola all attend his funeral.

After The Duke of Guise's funeral, King Francis tells 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 attack and facing civil war, and a coupe from Louis Condé. [8]

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. [9]

Season 3

King Francis told Lady Lola and him that he forbid her from having a relatioship with Lord Narcisse. [10]

His mother went out to pick his favourite berries for him during his nap. [11]

Lord Narcisse wants to slip away with Lady Lola, however 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. Narcisse adds he's raised children of him own, some of them turned out quite well, like Luc Narcisse.

Bruises That Lie
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

With Friends Like These
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 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.

A Grain Of Deception
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.

Leaps of Faith
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.



  • 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.
  • John Philip is a fictional character as King Francis never had any children.

Family Tree

Francis of Valois
Claude of France
Duke Francis
King Henry
Queen Catherine
Madeleine of Valois
King Francis
Queen Mary
Queen Elisabeth
King Philip
Princess Claude
Luc Narcisse
King Charles
Prince Henri
Princess Margaret
John Philip
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 Bedfellow 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 Unchartered 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 relating to John Philip are the following:

King FrancisLady LolaLola and Francis
 • Kingdom of FranceHouse of ValoisJohn Philip's Christening

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King: Charles Valois Queen: Catherine de' Medici (Regent)
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Heir: Lands: Kingdom of France
Title(s): King of France · King Charles IX of France
Ancestors: King Francis I Valois of France
Current members: Queen Elisabeth · Princess Claude · Prince Henri · Princess Margaret · Sebastian ·
John Philip
Deceased members: Prince Louis · Princess Henriette · Princess Emone · King Henry · King Francis
Household: ·