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King Antoine Bourbon
King Antoine of Navarre 1
Biographical Information
Real Name: Antoine Bourbon
Title: King of Navarre

Count of Foix
Viscount of Béarn

Reign: 25 May 1555 –
17 November 1562
Predecessor: Henry II
Successor: Queen Jeanne
Born: 22 April 1518
Death: 17 November 1562
Age: 44
Religion: Protestant
House: House of Bourbon
Gender: Male Male
Originally From: La Fère, Picardy, France
Parents: Charles de Bourbon (Father)

Françoise d'Alençon (Mother)

Wife: Queen Jeanne
Family: Francis Bourbon (Brother)

Charles Bourbon (Brother)
John de Bourbon (Brother)
Louis Condé (Brother)

Children: Henry IV, (Son)

Catherine (Daughter)

Affiliations: House of Bourbon
Burial: Vendôme
TV Character Information
First appearance: Mercy
Portrays: King Antoine of Navarre
Portrayed by: Ben Aldridge


Antoine Bourbon was the King of Navarre through his marriage to Queen Jeanne, from 1555 until his death. He was the first monarch of the House of Bourbon, of which he was head from 1537. He was the father of Henry IV of France.

LifeEdit

On 20 October 1548, Antoine married Queen Jeanne regnant of Navarre, daughter of Henry II of Navarre and his wife Margaret of Angoulême. By his marriage, he became King of Navarre, Count of Foix, of Bigorre, of Armagnac, of Périgord, and Viscount of Béarn. It was reported that Jeanne was much in love with him, but his subsequent actions show that he had little loyalty to her. The southern territory of the Kingdom of Navarre had been occupied by the Spanish since 1512, and Antoine tried to re-establish it. He was ready to sacrifice anything to his political interests. [1]

ReligionEdit

Antoine appears not to have had real religious conviction and officially changed religions several times. His reconversion to Catholicism separated him from his wife and he threatened to repudiate her. He had an affair with Louise de La Béraudière de l'Isle Rouhet, "la belle Rouet," with whom he had a son, Charles III de Bourbon (1554–1610) who became archbishop of Rouen.

Although his brother Louis was the head of the Protestant faction, Antoine spent most of his life fighting for the King of France. Catherine de' Medici, regent for her son Charles IX, named him lieutenant general of the kingdom in 1561. When his wife allowed the Huguenots to sack the chapel of Vendôme and the churches of the town in 1562, he threatened to send her to a convent. She took refuge in Béarn. [1]

DeathEdit

Antoine was vain and unstable. He often disappointed his followers and was manipulated by his superiors and out-witted by his adversaries. He laid siege to Rouen and was mortally wounded on 13 November 1562. He died at Les Andelys.

NotesEdit

  • His parents had 13 children, but only himself, Louis Condé, 3 other sons, and 4 daughters survived.
  • Only 2 of his 5 children survived to adulthood. His 3 brother that survived to adulthood never had children, and his other brother Louis Condé had 11 children, but only 4 survived.
  • His niece was a prospective bride for king James V of Scotland in 1536 when she was 20.
  • Had a bastard son named Charles III de Bourbon
  • King Antoine appeared not to have real religious conviction and officially changed religions several times.
  • His reconversion to Catholicism separated him from his wife and he threatened to repudiate her.
  • King Antoine was the father of the future King Henry IV of France, who ascended to the throne after the extinction of the House of Valois.
  • Antoine was vain and unstable. He often disappointed his followers and was manipulated by his superiors and out-witted by his adversaries.
  • One of his brother's supporters actually did killed the Duke of Guise
  • His wife, Queen Jeanne met Catherine de' Medici in France, where they arranged the marriage between their son, Prince Henry and Catherine's daughter, Princess Margaret.

Family TreeEdit

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Charles, Duke of Vendôme
   
   
Françoise d'Alençon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Marie de Bourbon
   
   
King Antoine
   
   
Queen Jeanne
   
   
François de Bourbon
   
   
Charles de Bourbon
   
   
John de Bourbon
   
   
Eléanor de Roucy de Roye
   
   
   
   
   
   
Louis Condé
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
King Henry IV of France
   
   
Catherine de Bourbon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Henri de Bourbon
   
   
François de Bourbo
   
   
Charles de Bourbon
   
   
Charles de Bourbon

Related PagesEdit

Pages relating to King Antoine are the following:

King Antoine 
History's King Antoine
King Antoine and Lady Kenna
House of BourbonAntoine and Louis
Ben Aldridge


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Pages: Historical Events | Historical References | Historical Timeline |
Kings: King Antoine of Navarre | King Edward of England | King Henry II of France | King Henry VIII of England |
King James V of Scotland | King Francis I of France | King Francis II of France | King Charles IX of France |
King Philip II of Spain |
Queens: Queen Catherine of France | Queen Mary of Scotland | Queen Anne of England | Queen Elizabeth of England | Queen Jane of England | Queen Mary of England | Queen Jeanne of Navarre | Queen Elisabeth of Spain |
Princes: Prince of the Blood, Louis Condé | Price Don Carlos of Spain | Price Henry of France | Prince Henry de Bourbon | Duke Francis of France |
Princesses: Princess Claude of France | Catherine of Aragon | Princess Catherine de Bourbon |
Lords: Robert Dudley | William Cecil | Henry Darnley | Matthew Lennox |
Ladies: Amy Dudley | Mary Boleyn | Mary Fleming | Margaret Lennox |
Nobles: Diane de Poitiers | James Stuart | Marie de Guise |
Others: Nostradamus | John Knox | Pope Clement VII |

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