John I, Count of La Marche

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John of Bourbon
Count of La Marche
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John I and Catherine
Born 1344
Died 11 June 1393 (aged 48-49)
Noble family House of Bourbon
Spouse(s) Catherine of Vendôme
Father James I, Count of La Marche
Mother Jeanne of Châtillon

John of Bourbon (John I/VII, Count of La Marche and of Vendôme), (1344 11 June 1393, Vendôme) was the second son of James I, Count of La Marche and Jeanne of Châtillon.

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James I, Count of La Marche Count of Ponthieu and Count of La Marche

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He was captured as a young man at the Battle of Poitiers, but ransomed.

After the death of his father and elder brother following the Battle of Brignais, John succeeded them as Count of La Marche.

Battle of Brignais

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He took an active part in the Hundred Years' War, and became Governor of Limousin after helping reconquer it from the English. Later he joined Bertrand du Guesclin in his campaign of 1366 in Castile. In 1374, his brother-in-law Bouchard VII, Count of Vendôme died, and John became Count of Vendôme and Castres in right of his wife.

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Bertrand du Guesclin Constable of France

Bertrand du Guesclin, nicknamed "The Eagle of Brittany" or "The Black Dog of Brocéliande", was a Breton knight and an important military commander in the French side during the Hundred Years' War. From 1370 to his death, he was Constable of France for King Charles V. Well known for his Fabian strategy, he took part in six pitched battles and won the four in which he held command.

He joined the campaign of Charles VI 1382 in Flanders (which culminated in the Battle of Roosebeke) and fought in 1392 in Brittany.

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Battle of Roosebeke

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He rebuilt the castles of Vendôme and Lavardin.

Marriage and children

On 28 September 1364, he married Catherine of Vendôme, countess of Vendôme (d. 1412) and daughter of John VI, Count of Vendôme. [1]

Catherine of Vendôme French countess

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He had seven children by Catherine:


Patrilineal descent


  1. R. C. Famiglietti, Tales of the Marriage Bed from Medieval France (1300-1500), (Picardy Press, 1992), 302.

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Preceded by
Peter II
Count of La Marche
Succeeded by
James II
Preceded by
Bouchard VII
Count of Castres
With: Catherine
Succeeded by
James II and Catherine
Count of Vendôme
With: Catherine
Succeeded by
Louis and Catherine