Margaret of Bourbon (1438–1483)

Margaret of Bourbon (5 February 1438 – 24 April 1483) was the daughter of Charles I, Duke of Bourbon (1401–1456) and Agnes of Burgundy (1407–1476).

On 6 April 1472, she became the first wife of Philip II, Duke of Savoy (1443–1497).[1] Her children from this marriage were:

  1. Louise (1476–1531), married Charles d'Orléans, Count of Angoulême, had children including:
    1. Francis I of France[2] whose daughter Margaret of Valois married to Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy.[2]
    2. Marguerite of Navarre (1492–1549); Queen consort of King Henry II of Navarre
  2. Girolamo (1478)
  3. Philibert II (1480–1504)

She died on 24 April 1483 at the Chateau de Pont d'Ain.

Margaret of Bourbon
Countess of Bresse
Lady of Bugey
Born5 February 1438
Died24 April 1483 (aged 45)
SpousePhilip II, Duke of Savoy
IssueLouise, Countess of Angoulême
Philibert II, Duke of Savoy
FatherCharles I, Duke of Bourbon
MotherAgnes of Burgundy


  1. ^ Hand 2013, p. 220.
  2. ^ a b R.J. Knecht, Francis I, xvi.
  • Hand, Joni M. (2013). Women, Manuscripts and Identity in Northern Europe, 1350-1550. Ashgate Publishing Limited.
Margaret of Bourbon

Margaret of Bourbon or Marguerite de Bourbon may refer to:

Margaret of Bourbon, Queen of Navarre (c. 1217 – 1256), Queen of Navarre from 1232–1253 as the third wife of Theobald I of Navarre; regent for three years following his death

Margaret of Bourbon, Lady of Albret (1344–1416), daughter of Peter I, Duke of Bourbon and Isabella of Valois, Duchess of Bourbon; wife of Arnaud Amanieu, Lord of Albret

Margaret of Bourbon (1438–1483), daughter of Charles I, Duke of Bourbon and Agnes of Burgundy, Duchess of Bourbon; wife of Philip II, Duke of Savoy

Margaret of Bourbon (1516–1589), daughter of Charles, Duke of Vendôme and Françoise d'Alençon; wife of Francis I, Duke of Nevers


Pleurants or weepers (the English meaning of pleurants) are anonymous sculpted figures representing mourners, used to decorate elaborate tomb monuments, mostly in the late Middle Ages in Western Europe. Typically they are relatively small, and a group were placed around the sides of a raised tomb monument, perhaps interspersed with armorial decoration, or carrying shields with this. They may be in relief or free-standing. In English usage the term "weepers" is sometimes extended to cover the small figures of the deceased's children often seen kneeling underneath the tomb effigy in Tudor tomb monuments.

These figures represent the mourners, who pray for the deceased standing during the funeral procession. Because many of the original tombs have been vandalised or destroyed, relatively few examples remain to be studied. Many figures have been detached from their original context, which is not always known.

In the 16th and 17th century the practice of placing anonymous pleurant figures disappeared, although the group at Brou for Margaret of Bourbon were not begun until 1526 at the earliest. But these were commissioned over 40 years after her death by her daughter, along with tombs for herself and her husband, and reflected the taste of Margaret's lifetime.

Ancestors of Margaret of Bourbon (1438–1483)
16. Peter I, Duke of Bourbon
8. Louis II, Duke of Bourbon
17. Isabelle of Valois
4. John I, Duke of Bourbon
18. Béraud II, Dauphin of Auvergne
9. Anne of Auvergne, Countess of Forez
19. Jeanne of Forez
2. Charles I, Duke of Bourbon
20. John II of France
10. John, Duke of Berry
21. Bonne of Luxembourg
5. Marie of Berry, Duchess of Auvergne
22. John I, Count of Armagnac
11. Joan of Armagnac
23. Beatrice of Clermont
1. Margaret of Bourbon
24=20. John II of France
12. Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy
25=21. Bonne of Luxembourg
6. John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy
26. Louis II, Count of Flanders
13. Margaret III of Flanders
27. Margaret of Brabant
3. Agnes of Burgundy
28. Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
14. Albert I, Duke of Bavaria
29. Margaret II, Countess of Hainaut
7. Margaret of Bavaria
30. Louis I of Brzeg
15. Margaret of Brieg
31. Agnes of Głogów
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