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Louis, Count of Vendôme

Louis, Count of Vendôme
Louis and his first wife, Blanche
Spouse(s) Blanche of Roucy
Jeanne of Laval
Noble family House of Bourbon
Father John I, Count of La Marche
Mother Catherine de Vendôme
Born 1376
Died 21 December 1446(1446-12-21)
Tours

Louis of Bourbon (Louis I, Count of Vendôme) (1376 – December 21, 1446, Tours), younger son of John I, Count of La Marche and Catherine de Vendôme, was Count of Vendôme from 1393 and Count of Castres from 1425 until his death.[1][2]

He was a supporter of the duc d'Orléans, and obtained valuable posts at court, becoming Grand Chamberlain of France in 1408 and Grand Maître de France in 1413. As part of the Armagnac faction, he was at odds with the Burgundians, and was imprisoned by them twice, in 1407 and 1412. In 1414, he married Blanche (d. 1421), daughter of Hugh II, Count of Roucy; but he was captured the next year by the English at the Battle of Agincourt, and held by them for some time.

In 1424, he married Jeanne (d. 1468),[3] daughter of Guy XIII, Count of Laval, at Rennes. Their children were:

He also had an illegitimate son, fathered with the Englishwoman Sybil Bostum during his captivity:

  • John (c. 1420–1496), Bastard of Vendôme; Seigneur de Preaux[4]

Faithful to the king, he subsequently joined Joan of Arc and many other French nobles at the defense of Orléans in 1429, commanded at the siege of Jargeau, and assisted in the coronation at Reims. He was later present at the Treaty of Arras (1435).

Ancestors

Patrilineal descent

Notes

  1. ^ Medieval France: an encyclopedia, Ed. William W. Kibler, (Routledge, 1995), 138.
  2. ^ Dussieux, Louis, Généalogie de la maison de Bourbon: de 1256 à 1871, 2nd Edition, (Lecoffre Fils et C, 1872), 23.
  3. ^ Bingham, Denis, The Marriages of the Bourbons, Vol.1, (Chapman and Hall Limited:London, 1890), 49.
  4. ^ Dussieux, 24.

References

  • Medieval France: an encyclopedia, Ed. William W. Kibler, Routledge, 1995.
  • Bingham, Denis, The Marriages of the Bourbons, Vol.1, Chapman and Hall Limited:London, 1890.
  • Dussieux, Louis, Généalogie de la maison de Bourbon: de 1256 à 1871, 2nd Edition, Lecoffre Fils et C, 1872.
Preceded by
Jeanne
with John VII
Count of Vendôme
with Catherine to 1403

1393–1446
Succeeded by
Jean VIII
Preceded by
Count of Chartres
1425–1446
Succeeded by
to royal domain
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