County of La Marche
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Marche first appeared as a separate fief about the middle of the 10th century, when William III, Duke of Aquitaine, gave it to one of his vassals named Boso, who took the title of count. In the 12th century, the countship passed to the family of Lusignan. They also were sometimes counts of Angoulême and counts of Limousin.
With the death of the childless Count Guy in 1308, his possessions in La Marche were seized by Philip IV of France. In 1316 the king made La Marche an appanage for his youngest son the Prince, afterwards Charles IV. Several years later in 1327, La Marche passed into the hands of the House of Bourbon. The family of Armagnac held it from 1435 to 1477, when it reverted to the Bourbons.
In 1527 La Marche was seized by Francis I and became part of the domains of the French crown. It was divided into Haute Marche and Basse Marche, the estates of the former continuing until the 17th century. From 1470 until the Revolution, the province was under the jurisdiction of the parlement of Paris.
See also Marches.
Counts of Marche
- Boso I le Vieux (the Old), count of Marche and count of Périgord (958–988)
- Aldebert I, count of Marche and Périgord (988–997)
- Boso II, count of Marche and Périgord (988–1010)
- Bernard I (1010–1041)
- Aldebert II (1047–1088), son of Bernard I
- His daughter, also named Almodis, married before 1086 with Roger the Poitevin.
- Boso III (1088–1091), son of Aldebert II
- Eudes I, son of Bernard I, probably ruled as regent for his nephew Boso III (1088)
- Hugh I the Devil, son of Hugh V of Lusignan and Almodis de la Marche (1091–1102)
- Hugh II (1102–1151)
- Hugh III (1151–1165)
- Hugh IV the Brown (1203–1219)
- Hugh V (1219–1249)
- Hugh VI (1249–1260)
- Hugh VII (1260–1275)
- Hugh VIII (1270–1303)
- Guy (1303–1308)
- Yolanda (1308–1314)
- Annexed by Philip IV of France and given as an appanage to Philip’s son Charles the Fair
- Charles the Fair (1314–1322)
- On Charles’ succession to the throne in 1322, he exchanged the county with Louis of Bourbon for the County of Clermont.
- Louis I of Bourbon (1322–1342)
- Peter I of Bourbon (1342–1356)
- James I of Bourbon (1356–1362)
- Peter II of Bourbon-La Marche (1362)
- John I of Bourbon-La Marche (1362–1393)
- James II (1393–1438), married Joan II of Naples
- Bernard, count of Pardiac and of Marche, duke of Nemours (1438–1462) (in right of his wife, Eleanor, daughter of James II)
- James of Armagnac, count of Pardiac and of Marche, duke of Nemours (1462–1477)
- In 1477, James was convicted of treason and his territories were confiscated by Louis XI of France.
- Peter II of Bourbon (1477–1503)
- Charles III of Bourbon, count of Montpensier, Beaujeu, Marche, and Forez; duke of Bourbon (1505–1525)
Present Count of La Marche
- Prince Robert, Count of La Marche (b. 1976)