Louis, Count of Vendôme

Louis de Bourbon (Louis I, Count of Vendôme) (1376 – December 21, 1446), younger son of John I, Count of La Marche and Catherine de Vendôme, was a French prince du sang, as well as Count of Vendôme from 1393, and Count of Castres from 1425 until his death.[1]

Louis, Count of Vendôme
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Louis and his first wife, Blanche
Count of Vendôme
Coat of armsArmoiries Louis de Vendôme.svg
PredecessorJeanne of Vendôme and John VII
SuccessorJohn VIII, Count of Vendôme
Died21 December 1446(1446-12-21) (aged 69–70)
Noble familyHouse of Bourbon
Spouse(s)Blanche de Roucy
Jeanne de Laval
FatherJohn I, Count of La Marche
MotherCatherine de Vendôme

Louis 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, Louis 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 in command of French forces at Cravant and later captured, 31 July 1423.[3][4]

In 1424, he married Jeanne de Laval (d. 1468), daughter of Guy XIII, Count of Laval and Anne de Laval, at Rennes.[5] Their children were:

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

  • John de Bourbon, Bastard of Vendôme (c. 1420–1496), 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). He died in Tours.


  1. ^ Henneman 1995, p. 138.
  2. ^ Askins 2000, p. 40.
  3. ^ Grammit 2010, p. 442.
  4. ^ Grummitt 2015, p. 68.
  5. ^ Walsby 2007, p. 184.
  6. ^ Potter 1995, p. 376.


  • Askins, William (2000). "The Brothers Orleans and their Keepers". In Arn, Mary-Jo (ed.). Charles D'Orléans in England, 1415-1440. D.S. Brewer.
  • Grammit, David (2010). "Battle near Crevant". In Rogers, Clifford J. (ed.). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press.
  • Grummitt, David (2015). Henry VI. Routledge.
  • Henneman, John Bell (1995). "Bourbon". In Kibler, William W. (ed.). Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Routledge.
  • Potter, David (1995). Keen, Maurice (ed.). A History of France, 1460–1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. Macmillan.
  • Walsby, Malcolm (2007). The Counts of Laval: Culture, Patronage and Religion in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century France. Ashgate.

Preceded by Count of Vendôme
with Catherine to 1403

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Count of Chartres
Succeeded by