Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Prince and Princess de Condé

Continued from here, as requested here is some more information on the Prince de Condé.
Henri II de Bourbon, prince de Condé

Personality: The Prince of Condé is proud, temperamental, and jealous of his rank and its privileges. He is second in line to the throne of France.

Faction: Condé, the Grands

Background: Grands Condé (b. 1588) is second-in-line to the throne of France. The leading grand, jealous of the privileges that come with rank, he is one of the most powerful and influential men in France. In 1614, Condé led a rebellion joined by a number of the Grands against the king to force the removal of the marquis d’Ancre, a foreign favorite of the queen-mother and head of the king’s council. In 1616, the rebellious prince was arrested and imprisoned at Vincennes for the next three years; after Ancre’s assassination, the prince was freed and cleared of wrongdoing by the Parlement de Paris.

Condé’s father and grandfather were leaders of the Huguenot cause during the Wars of Religion in the 16th century, but the Catholic prince turned his back on his Huguenot allies after his release from Vincennes, leading the royal armies in the campaigns against the Huguenots in 1621 and 1622. He developed a reputation for brutality against his family’s co-religionists – opposed to the peace treaty offered to the duc de Rohan in 1622 at Montpellier. On 9 October 1622, Condé left France on a pilgrimage to Loretto in Italy. On his return he rejoined the king’s council and continues to agitate against the Huguenots. He distrusts Richelieu and is wary of the cardinal’s influence and rapid ascendance.
Condé is proud and temperamental. He maintains a cool relationship with his wife, Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, but he is close friends with his brother-in-law, Henry the duc de Montmorency. Condé dotes on his son and heir, Louis (b. 1621). They also have a daughter Anne Geneviève (b. 1619).
Conde is bright and very brave with a charismatic and beguiling personality. He is an experienced soldier and a skilled general and commander.
Boons: Beguiling, Dueling Style (French) Flaws: Arrogant, Hot Tempered

Wife of the prince de Condé, sister of the duc de Montmorency (SR 17)
Charlotte-Marguerite is the sister of the duc de Montmorency, styled the “first baron of France.” As a teen, Charlotte (b. 1594) was contracted to marry Henri II, prince de Condé. The king, Henri IV, planned to take the young woman as a mistress, and the newlyweds fled to Brussels in 1609, with the royal cavalry in hot pursuit, to escape the king’s lust. After the king’s assassination the next year, the prince and princesse returned to France. Despite their adventurous beginnings, the couple was incompatible with one another and Condé petitioned for a divorce from the princesse. By 1614, the prince was in revolt against the king and the queen-mother’s favorite, Ancre, and in 1616 Condé was arrested and imprisoned in the royal fortress at Vincennes; despite their differences, Charlotte joined him in his captivity, bearing him a daughter, Anne Geneviève, during this time. The prince and princesse were freed in 1619 and since then the two have maintained a steadfast if cool and distant relationship.
In 1621 Charlotte bore the prince an heir, Louis, styled the duc d’Enghien.
Charlotte is descended from one of the most illustrious families in France and as the princesse de Condé she could find herself queen of France some day. Her manner is suitably imperious, but she is loyal and generous to her friends. Charlotte is close to the marquise de Rambouillet and is a regular member of her salon.
Madame la Princesse is bright, charismatic, and still attractive.
Motivation: I am Loyal and Generous to my Friends
Boons: Good Etiquette             Flaws: Imperious Demeanor

EDIT: I forgot to credit Mike for the his information on the Prince and Princess. I take everything I can use (which is a lot) from Mike's Obsidian Portal site and his blog, both of which are listed in the Sites about the 17th century.

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