Robert, Count of Clermont

Robert of Clermont
Count of Clermont

Robert and his wife Beatrice
Born 1256
Died 7 February 1317 (aged 6061)
Spouse Beatrice of Burgundy
Issue Louis I, Duke of Bourbon
Blanche, Countess of Auvergne and Boulogne
John of Clermont, Baron of Charolais
Mary of Clermont, Prioress of Poissy
Peter of Clermont, Archdeacon of Paris
Margaret, Countess of Andria, Marchioness of Namur
House Bourbon
Father Louis IX of France
Mother Margaret of Provence
French Monarchy
Direct Capetians
Hugh Capet
Robert II
Henry I
Philip I
Louis VI
Louis VII
Philip II
Louis VIII
Louis IX
Philip III
Philip IV
Louis X
John I
Philip V
Charles IV

Robert of Clermont (1256 7 February 1317) was created Count of Clermont in 1268. He was the son of King Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence.[1] In 1272, Robert married Beatrice of Burgundy, heiress of Bourbon[2] and had the following issue:

During his first joust, in 1279, Robert suffered head injuries which rendered him an invalid for the remainder of his life.[3]

Robert is considered the founder of the House of Bourbon, a family which, with the passing of centuries came to govern as Kings of Navarre (1572-1830), Kings of France (15891848), Kings of the Two Sicilies (17351860), Dukes of Parma (17481796 and 18471859), grand dukes of Luxembourg (1964present) and Kings of Spain (1700present).

Robert is mentioned in the prologue of the Coutumes de Beauvaisis by Philippe de Beaumanoir.[4]

He was buried in the now-demolished church of the Couvent des Jacobins in Paris.

Robert is a supporting character in Les Rois maudits (The Accursed Kings), a series of French historical novels by Maurice Druon. He was portrayed by Alexandre Rignault in the 1972 French miniseries adaptation of the series, and by Ioan Siminie in the 2005 adaptation.


16. Louis VII of France
8. Philip II of France
17. Adèle of Champagne
4. Louis VIII of France
18. Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut
9. Isabelle of Hainaut
19. Margaret I, Countess of Flanders
2. Louis IX of France
20. Sancho III of Castile
10. Alfonso VIII of Castile
21. Blanca Garcés of Navarre
5. Blanche of Castile
22. Henry II of England
11. Leonora of England
23. Eleanor of Aquitaine
1. Robert, Count of Clermont
24. Alfonso II of Aragon
12. Alfonso II, Count of Provence
25. Sancha of Castile
6. Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence
26. Renier de Sabran
13. Garsenda of Forcalquier
27. Garsenda of Forcalquier
3. Marguerite of Provence
28. Humbert III, Count of Savoy
14. Thomas I, Count of Savoy
29. Beatrice of Viennois
7. Beatrice of Savoy
30. William I of Geneva
15. Marguerite of Geneva
31. Beatrix of Faucigny

See also

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  1. Bourbon, John Bell Henneman Jr., Medieval France: An Encyclopedia, Ed. William W. Kibler, (Routledge, 1995), 138.
  2. Bourbon, John Bell Henneman Jr., Medieval France: An Encyclopedia, 138.
  3. Keen, Maurice (1984). "The Rise of the Tournament". Chivalry. Yale University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-300-03360-5.
  4. de Beaumanoir, Philippe (1899–1900). "Prologues". Coutumes de Beauvaisis. Alphonse Picard et Fils, Éditeurs. p. 2.
Robert, Count of Clermont
Born: 1256 Died: 7 February 1317
Preceded by
Count of Clermont-en-Beauvaisis
Succeeded by
Louis I
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