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Charles de Bourbon, Count of Charolais
(19 June 1700 – 23 July 1760) was a French noble. As a member of the reigni prince of the Blood
A prince of the blood was a person who was legitimately descended in the male line from the monarch of a country. In France, the rank of prince du sang was the highest held at court after the immediate family of the king during the ancien régime and the Bourbon Restoration...
A son of Louis III, Prince of Condé
Louis de Bourbon, , was Prince of Condé for less than a year, following the death of his father Henry III, Prince of Condé in 1709...
, he was made governor of Touraine
The Touraine is one of the traditional provinces of France. Its capital was Tours. During the political reorganization of French territory in 1790, the Touraine was divided between the departments of Indre-et-Loire, :Loir-et-Cher and Indre.-Geography:...
in 1720. He fought in Hungary in the war against the Ottoman Turks and won distinction at the battle of Belgrade
The siege of Belgrade in 1717 occurred during the Austro-Venetian-Ottoman war which took place from 1714 to 1718 and after the Austrian victory of Petrovaradin...
. He was governor of his nephew Louis Joseph de Bourbon, prince de Condé
Louis Joseph de Bourbon was Prince of Condé from 1740 to his death. A member of the House of Bourbon, he held the prestigious rank of Prince du Sang.-Biography:...
. In 1728 he become on of the candidates to the hand of wealthy Maria Zofia Sieniawska supported by Louis XV
Louis XV was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and of Navarre from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather at the age of five, his first cousin Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, served as Regent of the kingdom until Louis's majority in 1723...
in attempt to gain a strong position in Poland before the royal election.
He secretly married Jeanne de Valois-Saint Remy, a descendent of Henri II
Henry II was King of France from 31 March 1547 until his death in 1559.-Early years:Henry was born in the royal Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, the son of Francis I and Claude, Duchess of Brittany .His father was captured at the Battle of Pavia in 1525 by his sworn enemy,...
via an illegitimate branch. Their son was Louis-Thomas (1718–1799), who was not legitimated by the king, later was exiled to England.
He had two illegitimate children with Marguerite Caron de Rancurel :
- Marie Marguerite de Bourbon (1752–1830), who married Denis Nicolas, comte de Puget.
- Charlotte Marguerite Élisabeth de Bourbon (1754–1839), who married François Xavier Joseph, comte de Lowendal.
On his death the county of Charolais reverted to the king. Some years later it was granted to a brother of the future Louis-Philippe of France
Louis Philippe I was King of the French from 1830 to 1848 in what was known as the July Monarchy. His father was a duke who supported the French Revolution but was nevertheless guillotined. Louis Philippe fled France as a young man and spent 21 years in exile, including considerable time in the...
He was buried at the Église Collégiale Saint-Martin, Montmorency.
Titles and styles
- 19 June 1700 – 23 July 1760 His Serene Highness
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the Count of Charolais