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Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti

Louis Armand de Bourbon (30 April 1661 – 9 November 1685) was Prince of Conti from 1666 to his death, succeeding his father, Armand de Bourbon. His mother was Anne Marie Martinozzi, the daughter of Girolamo Martinozzi and Laura Margherita Mazzarini, elder sister of Cardinal Mazarin. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, he was a Prince du Sang. He was a son-in-law of King Louis XIV of France, who was his namesake.

Louis Armand I de Bourbon
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Prince of Conti
Reign26 February 1666 - 9 November 1685
PredecessorArmand, Prince of Conti
SuccessorFrançois Louis, Prince of Conti
Born(1661-04-30)30 April 1661
Hôtel de Conti, Paris, France
Died9 November 1685(1685-11-09) (aged 24)
Palace of Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, France.
SpouseMarie Anne de Bourbon
Full name
Louis Armand de Bourbon
HouseBourbon
FatherArmand, Prince of Conti
MotherAnne Marie Martinozzi
ReligionRoman Catholicism

BiographyEdit

Louis Armand was born at the Hôtel de Conti in Paris, France.

In August 1679 he acted as the groom in the proxy marriage where Marie Louise d'Orléans married Charles II of Spain. In 1680 he married Marie Anne de Bourbon, the illegitimate daughter of King Louis XIV and his first mistress, Louise de La Vallière. The bride and groom were respectively thirteen and eighteen years old at the time. Since neither of them had been instructed on what to expect on their first night together, it ended up in disaster, with the young princess fleeing in despair and the prince not wanting to share the bed of a woman again.

He served with distinction in Flanders in 1683, and, against the wish of the King, went to Hungary, where he helped the Imperialists defeat the Turks at Gran in the same year. He died at the Palace of Fontainebleau from smallpox, which he contracted from his wife. While she recovered after some time, the Prince succumbed after five days.

Having no descendants, he was succeeded as Prince of Conti by his younger brother, François Louis de Bourbon (1664–1709).

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 30 April 1661 – 26 February 1666 His Serene Highness The Prince of La Roche-sur-Yon
  • 26 February 1666 – 9 November 1685 His Serene Highness The Prince of Conti

AncestryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Conti, Princes of". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti
Born: 1629
French royalty
Preceded by
Armand de Bourbon-Conti, prince de Conti
Prince de Conti
1666–1685
Succeeded by
François Louis de Bourbon, prince de Conti