Robert of France
(1256 – February 7 1317
) was made Count of Clermont in 1268. He was son of King Louis IX of France
and Margaret of Provence
. In 1272, Robert married Beatrice of Burgundy
, heiress of Bourbon and had the following issue:
- Louis I, le Boiteux (1279–1342), first Duke of Bourbon
- Blanche (1281–1304), married in 1303 in Paris Robert VII, Count of Auvergne and Boulogne
- John (1283–1316), Baron of Charolais, married c. 1309 Jeanne d'Argies and had issue
- Mary (1285–1372, Paris), Prioress of Poissy
- Peter (1287 – aft. 1330), Archdeacon of Paris
- Margaret (1289–1309, Paris), married firstly in 1305 Raymond Berengar of Andria and secondly in 1308 John I, Margrave of Namur
During his first joust, in 1279, Robert suffered head injuries which rendered him an invalid for the remainder of his life.
Robert is considered the founder of the House of Bourbon, a family which, with the passing of centuries came to govern as Kings of France (1589–1848), kings of the Two Sicilies (1735–1860), dukes of Parma (1748–1796 and 1847–1859), grand dukes of Luxembourg (1964–present) and Kings of Spain (1700–present).
Robert is mentioned in the prologue of the Coutumes de Beauvaisis by Philippe de Beaumanoir.