Robert, Count of Clermont

Count of Clermont-en-Beauvaisis

Robert of Clermont (1256 – 7 February 1317) was a French prince du sang who was created Count of Clermont in 1268.[1][2] In 1279, due to him suffering a head injury in his first jousting tournament, Robert became an invalid for the rest of his life.[2] After Henry III of France was assassinated in 1589 and the House of Valois ran out of males (since females and female-line descendants of French royalty could not inherit the French throne), Henry IV of France became the first French King from the House of Bourbon due to his male-line ancestry from Robert, Count of Clermont.[1]

Robert and his wife Beatrice
Count of Clermont
Reign1268 – 7 February 1317
SuccessorLouis I, Duke of Bourbon
Died7 February 1317 (aged 60–61)
SpouseBeatrice of Burgundy
IssueLouis I, Duke of Bourbon
Blanche, Countess of Auvergne and Boulogne
John of Charolais
Mary of Clermont, Prioress of Poissy
Peter of Clermont, Archdeacon of Paris
Margaret, Countess of Andria, Marchioness of Namur
Bourbon (founder)
FatherLouis IX of France
MotherMargaret of Provence

Family and descendants


Robert married Beatrice, Duchess of Bourbon and together they had a son, Louis I, Duke of Bourbon, who was the founder of the House of Bourbon through his two sons.[3] The elder line of the House of Bourbon was made up of the Dukes of Bourbon, and it became extinct in the male line in 1527.[3] Meanwhile, the younger line of the House of Bourbon, the House of Bourbon-La Marche–later known as the House of Bourbon-Vendome, acquired the French throne in 1589 once the House of Valois became extinct in the male line.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Beach, Frederick Converse; Rines, George Edwin (5 May 2021). "The Encyclopedia Americana: A Universal Reference Library Comprising the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, Biography, Geography, Commerce, Etc., of the World". Scientific American Compiling Department – via Google Books.
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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "The Encyclopedia Americana: Editor in Chief, Frederick Converse Beach ... Managing Editor, George Edwin Rines ... Associate and Advisory Editors ... Simon Newcomb ... James E. Creighton ... Robert S. Woodward". Americana Company. 5 May 2021 – via Google Books.