Louis, Duke of Vendôme

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Louis de Bourbon (October 1612 – 6 August 1669), was Duke of Mercœur and later the second Duke of Vendôme, and the grandson of Henry IV of France and Gabrielle d'Estrées. He became Duke of Vendôme in 1665, after the death of his father.

Duke of Vendôme
Louis de Vendôme duc de Mercoeur by Dumonstier.jpg
Louis in 1630, by Daniel Dumonstier
BornOctober 1612
Paris, France
Died6 August 1669
Aix-en-Provence, France
(m. 1651; died 1657)
Louis de Bourbon
FatherCésar de Bourbon
MotherFrançoise de Lorraine
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SignatureLouis's signature


Louis was the son of César de Bourbon, Légitimé de France, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise de Lorraine (1592–1669), daughter of Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercœur (d. 1602).[1] Louis had a military career and became governor of Provence in 1640 and after the death of his wife in 1657, he entered the church and became a cardinal and legate of France.[1] As a cardinal, he was styled as the cardinal de Vendôme.[2]

Marriage and issueEdit

Louis married Laura Mancini, niece of Cardinal Mazarin, on 4 February 1651.[3] Their children:


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Kamen 2000, p. 301.
  2. ^ a b c Orr 2004, p. 19.
  3. ^ Pitts 2000, p. 55.


  • Kamen, Henry (2000). Who's who in Europe, 1450-1750. Routledge.
  • Orr, Clarissa Campbell, ed. (2004). Queenship in Europe 1660-1815: The Role of the Consort. Cambridge University Press.
  • Pitts, Vincent Joseph (2000). La Grande Mademoiselle at the Court of France: 1627-1693. Johns Hopkins University Press.
French nobility
Preceded by
Duke of Mercœur
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Duke of Vendôme
Succeeded by