Francis, Count of Enghien

François de Bourbon, Count of Enghien (23 September 1519 – 23 February 1546) was a French prince of the blood. He was the son of Charles de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise d'Alençon.

François de Bourbon

Given command of the French army in Italy by Francis I of France during the Italian War of 1542, he was the French commander at the Franco-Ottoman Siege of Nice in 1543,[1] and he led it to victory at the Battle of Ceresole in 1544.[2]

His early death at the age of 26 was caused by an accident – specifically by the falling of a heavy chest – in the castle La Roche-Guyon. He was succeeded as Count of Enghien by his younger brother John.[3]


  1. ^ Knecht 1994, p. 487, 489.
  2. ^ Knecht 1994, p. 490.
  3. ^ Williams 1912, p. 2.


  • Knecht, R. J. (1994). Renaissance Warrior and Patron: The Reign of Francis I. Cambridge University Press.
  • Williams, Hugh Noel (1912). The Love-affairs of the Condés: (1530-1740). Charles Scribner's Sons.