|Louis, Count of Vendôme|
|Louis and his first wife, Blanche|
|Died||21 December 1446|
|Spouse(s)||Blenche of Roucy|
Jeanne of Laval
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.
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), daughter of Guy XIII, Count of Laval, at Rennes. Their children were:
- Catherine (b. 1425)
- Gabrielle (b. 1426)
- Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme (1428–1478)
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
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 of Louis, Count of Vendôme|
Louis' patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.
Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in royal houses, as it can be traced back through the generations - which means that if Count Louis were to choose an historically accurate house name it would be Robertian, as all his male-line ancestors have been of that house.
Louis is a member of the House of Bourbon, a branch of the Capetian dynasty and of the Robertians.
Louis' patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. It follows the Kings of France and the Counts of Paris and Worms. This line can be traced back more than 1,200 years from Robert of Hesbaye to the present day, through Kings of France & Navarre, Spain and Two-Sicilies, Dukes of Parma and Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg, Princes of Orléans and Emperors of Brazil. It is one of the oldest in Europe.
- Medieval France: an encyclopedia, Ed. William W. Kibler, (Routledge, 1995), 138.
- Dussieux, Louis, Généalogie de la maison de Bourbon: de 1256 à 1871, 2nd Edition, (Lecoffre Fils et C, 1872), 23.
- Bingham, Denis, The Marriages of the Bourbons, Vol.1, (Chapman and Hall Limited:London, 1890), 49.
- Dussieux, 24.
- 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.
with John VII
|Count of Vendôme
with Catherine to 1403
|Count of Chartres
to royal domain
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