Louis I, Count of Montpensier

Louis de Bourbon (1405 – May 1486) was the third son of John I, Duke of Bourbon and Marie, Duchess of Auvergne.[1] He was Count of Montpensier, Clermont-en-Auvergne and Sancerre and Dauphin of Auvergne and was a younger brother of Charles I of Bourbon. He founded the Bourbon-Montpensier branch of the House of Bourbon, which would eventually take over the Duchy in 1505.

Louis I, Count of Montpensier
Armoiries Louis Montpensier.svg
Coat-of-arms of Louis I, Count of Montpensier for before 1428.
DiedMay 1486
Noble familyBourbon-Montpensier
Spouse(s)Joanna, Dauphine of Auvergne
Gabrielle de La Tour d'Auvergne
FatherJohn I, Duke of Bourbon
MotherMarie, Duchess of Auvergne


Coat-of-arms of Louis since 1428.

In 1428, he married Joanna, Dauphine of Auvergne, daughter and heiress of Beraud III, Dauphin of Auvergne and Count of Clermont-en-Auvergne. After her death in 1436, he retained those titles (his paternal grandmother having been Anne of Auvergne, daughter of Dauphin Beraud II). On 5 February 1442, he married Gabrielle de La Tour d'Auvergne, daughter of Bertrand V of La Tour, count of Auvergne and Boulogne. The couple had four children:

He was succeeded by his son Gilbert.

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  • Ward, A.W.; Prothero, G.W.; Leathes, Stanley, eds. (1911). The Cambridge Modern History. Vol. XIII. Cambridge at the University Press.
Louis I, Count of Montpensier
Born: 1405 Died: May 1486
Preceded by Count of Montpensier
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dauphin d'Auvergne
Count of Clermont-en-Auvergne

With: Jeanne 1428–1436