Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme


Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme

Jean of Bourbon-La Marche (Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme) (died 6 January 1477) was a French nobleman, son of Louis, Count of Vendôme. He was a courtier of King Charles VII of France and fought the English in Normandy and Guyenne. He attached himself to King Louis XI, but was not in his royal favor. He withdrew to the Chateau of Lavardin and completed its construction.

In 1454, he married Isabelle de Beauvau, daughter of Louis de Beauvau, Seneschal of Anjou and Marguerite de Chambley. They had eight children:
*François, Count of Vendôme (1470-1495)
*Louis, Prince de la Roche sur Yon
*Jeanne
*Catherine
*Jeanne de Bourbon-Vendome
*Charlotte
*Renée, Abbess of Fontevraud
*Isabelle, Abbess of la Trinité de Caen

Jean also had two illegitimate sons:
*Louis, Bishop of Avranches
*Jacques, Governor of Valois and the Vendomois


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