Jeanne de Bourbon, Duchess of Bourbon
|Jeanne de Bourbon|
|Duchess of Bourbon
Countess of Auvergne
Baroness de la Garde
|Spouse(s)||John II, Duke of Bourbon
John III, Count of Auvergne
Anne, Countess of Auvergne
Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne
|Noble family||House of Bourbon-La Marche|
|Father||Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme|
|Mother||Isabelle de Beauveau|
|Died||January 22, 1511 (aged 45-46)|
Jeanne de Bourbon (1465 – 22 January 1511) was a daughter of Jean VIII, Count of Vendôme and Isabelle de Beauvau. Through her daughter Madeleine, she was the maternal grandmother of French queen consort Catherine de' Medici.
Family and lineage 
Her paternal grandparents were Louis, Count of Vendôme and Jeanne of Laval. Louis had served as both Grand Chamberman of France and Grand Master of France. He was a prominent member of the Armagnac party.
James was the second surviving son of Louis I, Duke of Bourbon and Mary of Avesnes. Louis served as a Grand Chamberman of France but gained a reputation for his supposed mental instability.
First marriage 
She married first John II, Duke of Bourbon in 1487. The groom was about sixty-one years old and the bride only twenty-two. John had survived two previous wives and his only son. He was in a need of an heir; however, they had only one son:
- Louis, Count of Clermont (1488). He was the desired heir but did not long survive his birth.
John II died the same year as his second and last known son.
Almost queen 
After becoming widowed, it is said that Charles VIII of France became so struck by Jeanne's charms that he wished to marry her. A location for the wedding (Moulins) was even selected. However, his mother Queen Charlotte (1443–1483) had another match in mind for her son: the wealthy heiress Anne of Brittany. Consequently, the King's engagement with Jeanne was broken off. Desormeaux commented that Jeanne would have been Queen of France if beauty and love could have worn the Crown.
|This article's factual accuracy is disputed. (June 2012)|
Second marriage 
Jeanne remained a widow for seven years. On 11 January 1495, Jeanne married her second husband John III, Count of Auvergne. They had two daughters:
- Anne, married John Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany.
- Madeleine, married Lorenzo II, Duke of Urbino. She was the mother of Catherine de' Medici.
John III died on 28 March 1501.
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (August 2012)|
- Bingham (1890), p. 28.
- Bingham (1890), pp. 27-28.
- Bingham, Denis (1890). The Marriages of the Bourbons. New York: Scribner and Welford. ASIN B000V1RCR2.