John I, Count of La Marche

John of Bourbon (John I/VII, Count of La Marche and of Vendôme), (1344 – 11 June 1393, Vendôme) was French prince du sang as the second son of James I, Count of La Marche and Jeanne of Châtillon.[1]

John of Bourbon
Count of La Marche
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John I and Catherine
Coat of armsBlason comte fr LaMarche.svg
Died11 June 1393 (aged 48-49)
Noble familyHouse of Bourbon
Spouse(s)Catherine of Vendôme
IssueJames II, Count of La Marche
Louis, Count of Vendôme
John, Lord of Carency
Anne, Countess of Montpensier
Marie, Lady of Brehencourt
Charlotte, Queen of Cyprus
FatherJames I, Count of La Marche
MotherJeanne of Châtillon


John was captured as a young man at the Battle of Poitiers, but ransomed. Following the deaths of his father and elder brother at the Battle of Brignais, John succeeded them as Count of La Marche.

John took an active part in the Hundred Years' War, and became Governor of Limousin after helping reconquer it from the English. Later he joined Bertrand du Guesclin in his campaign of 1366 in Castile. In 1374, his brother-in-law Bouchard VII, Count of Vendôme died, and John became Count of Vendôme and Castres in right of his wife.

John joined the campaign of Charles VI 1382 in Flanders (which culminated in the Battle of Roosebeke) and fought in 1392 in Brittany.

John rebuilt the castles of Vendôme and Lavardin.

Marriage and childrenEdit

On 28 September 1364, John married Catherine of Vendôme, countess of Vendôme (d. 1412) and daughter of John VI, Count of Vendôme.[2]

He had seven children by Catherine:


  1. ^ a b c Potter 1995, p. 376.
  2. ^ Famiglietti 1992, p. 302.


  • Famiglietti, R. C. (1992). Tales of the Marriage Bed from Medieval France (1300-1500). Picardy Press.
  • Potter, David (1995). Keen, Maurice (ed.). A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. Macmillan.
Preceded by Count of La Marche
Succeeded by
Preceded by Count of Castres
With: Catherine
Succeeded by
Count of Vendôme
With: Catherine
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