|Birth||January 1, 1470 (Vendôme, arrondissement of Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire)|
|Death||October 30, 1495 (Vercelli, Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy)|
Francis de Bourbon or François de Bourbon (Francis I, Count of Vendôme) (1470 – 30 October 1495), was a French prince. He was the Count of Vendôme.
Francis was the son of John VIII de Bourbon, Count of Vendôme and Isabelle de Beauveau, the daughter of Louis de Beauvau, Marshal of Provence. As a legitimate member of the Capetian dynasty, he ranked in France as a prince du sang. At his father's death, when he was seven, he succeeded as Count of Vendôme. During his minority, his estates were administered by his uncle, Louis le Joyeuse.
In 1487, Francis married Marie of Luxembourg, the elder daughter and principal heiress of Peter II of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol and Soissons, and Margaret of Savoy, and the widow of Jacques of Savoy, Count of Romont. She brought great estates as her dowry, including the countships of Saint-Pol and Soissons in Picardy, as well as the Château de Condé, which was later passed down as a residence to the Princes of Condé who were the descendants of her grandson, Louis de Bourbon, 1st Prince of Condé.
They had six children:
- Charles de Bourbon (1489–1537), who later became Duke of Vendôme.
- Jacques de Bourbon (1490–1491), died young.
- Francis de Bourbon (1491–1545), Count of Saint Pol and Chaumont, and Duke of Estouteville.
- Louis de Bourbon (1493–1557), Archbishop of Sens.
- Antoinette de Bourbon (1493–1583), married Claude, Duke of Guise.
- Louise de Bourbon (1495–1575), Abbess of Fontevraud.
Also by Isabeau de Grigny, Francis had an illegitimate son:
- Jacques de Bourbon
Francis de Bourbon died at the age of 25 in Vercelli, Italy, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles IV de Bourbon. His widow Marie administered the family's estates during Charles' minority.
|Ancestors of Francis, Count of Vendôme|
François' patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.
Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in royal houses, as it can be traced back through the generations - which means that if Count François were to choose an historically accurate house name it would be Robertian, as all his male-line ancestors have been of that house.
François is a member of the House of Bourbon, a branch of the Capetian dynasty and of the Robertians.
François' patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. It follows the Kings of France and the Counts of Paris and Worms. This line can be traced back more than 1,200 years from Robert of Hesbaye to the present day, through Kings of France & Navarre, Spain and Two-Sicilies, Dukes of Parma and Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg, Princes of Orléans and Emperors of Brazil. It is one of the oldest in Europe.