Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon

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Louis Henri
Prince of Condé
Duke of Bourbon
Gobert, attributed to -Louis Henri of Bourbon, Prince of Condé - Versailles, MV3727.jpg
The Duke of Bourbon wearing armour and the sash of the Order of the Holy Spirit by an unknown artist.
Prime Minister of France
Predecessor Philippe d'Orléans
Successor André Hercule de Fleury
Reign 2 December 1723 – 1726
Born (1692-08-18)18 August 1692
Palace of Versailles, France
Died 27 January 1740(1740-01-27) (aged 47)
Château of Chantilly, France
Burial Église Collégiale Saint-Martin, Montmorency
Spouse Marie Anne de Bourbon
Caroline of Hesse-Rotenburg
Issue Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé
Full name
Louis Henri Joseph de Bourbon
House Bourbon
Father Louis, Duke of Bourbon, Prince of Condé
Mother Louise Françoise de Bourbon
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Louis Henri's signature

Louis Henri de Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon, Prince of Condé (Louis Henri Joseph; 18 August 1692 – 27 January 1740) was head of the Prince of Condé and a cousin of the then reigning House of Bourbon from 1710 to his death, and served as prime minister to his kinsman Louis XV from 1723 to 1726.

Despite succeeding as head of the House of |House of Bourbon|Condé branch of the House of Bourbon]] in 1709, he never used that name, preferring the title "Duke of Bourbon", and was known at court as Monsieur le Duc. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, he was a Prince of the blood.


Marriages and children[change | change source]

On 9 July 1713 at Versailles, he married Marie Anne de Bourbon who died in 1720. Marie Anne was the eldest daughter of Marie Thérèse de Bourbon and her husband, François Louis, Prince de Conti. The couple had no children.


Secondly he married on 23 July 1728 to Caroline of Hesse-Rotenburg and they had one son;

  1. Louis Joseph de Bourbon (9 August 1736 – 13 May 1818), who led the "Army of Condé" during the French Revolutionary Wars. He also married twice.


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