Anne of Auvergne
|Died||22 September 1417|
|Noble family||House of Auvergne|
|Spouse(s)||Louis II, Duke of Bourbon|
|Father||Beraud II, Dauphin of Auvergne|
|Mother||Jeanne of Forez|
Anne of Auvergne also known as Anna d'Auvergne (1358 – 22 September 1417) was Sovereign Dauphine of Auvergne and Countess of Forez as well as Dame de Mercoeur from 1400 and 1417. She was also Duchess of Bourbon by marriage to Louis II, Duke of Bourbon.
Anne's mother died when she was around eleven years of age. Her father remarried two more times; she gained several half-siblings from her father's third marriage to Margaret of Sancerre.
Anne was betrothed to her cousin Louis when she was ten years old. The marriage contract was signed at Montbrison on 4 July 1368 and the pair were married in person at Ardes in January 1370. Due to the fact that the couple were cousins, a papal dispensation was required; this was granted to them by the Pope on 15 September 1370.[ citation needed ]
On 15 May 1372, Anne's uncle, John Count of Forez, died leaving no children. Anne was his heir, as all of John's siblings had died including Anne's mother Jeanne and she had been the only one to leave a child, namely Anne. At the time of her accession, Anne was still only a minor (aged fourteen) so her grandmother, Joan of Clermont, acted as regent until Anne reached her majority, at which time she ruled together with Louis.
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Of their four children, John and Isabelle reached adulthood; only John having had children of his own.
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