Louis, Count of Vendôme

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Louis, Count of Vendôme
Louis Blanche2.jpg
Louis and his first wife, Blanche
Coat of arms Armoiries Louis de Vendôme.svg
Born 1376
Died 21 December 1446(1446-12-21)
Tours
Noble family House of Bourbon
Spouse(s) Blanche of Roucy
Jeanne of Laval
Father John I, Count of La Marche
Mother Catherine de Vendôme

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]

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.[2] Freed, he was later captured at the Battle of Cravant , 31 July 1423.[3]

In 1424, he married Jeanne (d. 1468), 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

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).

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Patrilineal descent[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Henneman 1995, p. 138.
  2. ^ Askins 2000, p. 40.
  3. ^ Grammit 2010, p. 442.

References[edit]

  • Askins, William (2000). "The Brothers Orleans and their Keepers". In Arn, Mary-Jo. Charles D'Orléans in England, 1415-1440. D.S. Brewer. 
  • Grammit, David (2010). "Battle near Crevant". In Rogers, Clifford J. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press. 
  • Henneman, John Bell (1995). "Bourbon". In Kibler, William W. Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Routledge. 


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