François de Bourbon, prince de Conti

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Contemporary engraving with the portrait of François de Bourbons

François de Bourbon, prince de Conti (born August 19, 1558 in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre , † August 3, 1614 in Paris ), sovereign prince of Chateau-Regnault , was a military leader during the French Huguenot Wars and governor of Auvergne , the Dauphiné and military governor of Paris .


François was the third son of Louis I de Bourbons , Prince of Condé , and the Éléonore de Royes . He was raised Protestant, but converted to the Catholic faith on Bartholomew's Night. In 1577 he took part in the first meeting of the estates in Blois and was in 1580 by Henry III. appointed Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit . After the murder of Heinrich III. In 1589 François joined his successor Heinrich IV , his cousin. He was one of the two Princes of the Blood who signed the declaration of recognition of Henry IV.

He fought with distinction at the Battle of Ivry , but was defeated in 1592 by Philippe-Emmanuel de Lorraine, duc de Mercœur at Craon .

He died on August 3, 1614 in Paris without any legitimate male descendants.


François de Conti was married twice. 1582 with Jeanne Françoise de Coëme, heiress of Bonnétable , († 1601) and 1605 with Louise-Marguerite de Lorraine , princesse de Chateau-Regnault, daughter of Henri I de Lorraine, who was murdered in 1588 . From the second marriage

  • Marie de Bourbon (* 1610), she died at the age of 3 weeks.

Heinrich also had an illegitimate son:

  • Nicolas († 1648 in Paris), bâtard de Conti , called de Gramont . He became abbot of St. Stephen in Bassac in the Saintonge .

Both children were buried in the Church of St. Germain-des-Prés in Paris .