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Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti

Louis Armand
Born (1661-04-30)30 April 1661
Hôtel de Conti, Paris, France
Died 9 November 1685(1685-11-09) (aged 24)
Château de Fontainebleau, France
Spouse Marie Anne de Bourbon
Full name
Louis Armand de Bourbon
Father Armand, Prince of Conti
Mother Anne Marie Martinozzi

Louis Armand de Bourbon (30 April 1661 – 9 November 1685) was Prince of Conti from 1666 to his death, succeeding his father, Armand de Bourbon. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, he was a Prince du Sang. He was a son-in-law of Louis XIV of France, who was his namesake.

Biography

Louis Armand was born in Paris.

In August 1679 he acted as the groom in the proxy marriage where Marie Louise d'Orléans married Charles II of Spain. In 1680 he married Marie Anne de Bourbon, the illegitimate daughter of King Louis XIV and his first mistress, Louise de La Vallière. The bride and groom were respectively thirteen and fifteen years old at the time. Since neither of them had been instructed on what to expect on their first night together, it ended up in disaster, with the young princess fleeing in despair and the prince not wanting to share the bed of a woman again.

He served with distinction in Flanders in 1683, and, against the wish of the King, went to Hungary, where he helped the Imperialists defeat the Turks at Gran in the same year. He died in Fontainebleau from smallpox, which he contracted from his wife. While she recovered after some time, the prince succumbed after five days.

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