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Antoine and Louis
Real Names: Antoine de Bourbon
Louis de Bourbon
Status: Ongoing


Length of Relationship:

Whole life


Kingdom of France
House of Bourbon

First Appearance: Mercy
Last Appearance: Extreme Measures (Mentioned)

"I would die for you, Louis, willingly. And I believe you would do the same for me."
King Antoine


Early History[]

Antoine and Louis grew up together along with their other brother Marcus de Bourbon, with a very lush lifestyle, because of their Noble parents. At a young age, Louis was consider for the next king of France, and Antoine already had an arranged marriage to the soon-to-be-Queen of Navarre.

Season 2[]

Condé is sent to French Court by Antoine to get closer to King Francis and learn all his secrets, presumably to undermine him. However, as time goes on, his reports grow briefer and fewer, prompting Antoine to wonder why. He suspects it is because of Queen Mary, but Condé denies it at first. [1]

A few days later, Condé and Mary drop by Antoine's estate in order to hide from the Inquisitors in France. Antoine takes note of the close bond Condé and Mary seem to share and comes up with an idea: Condé ought to seduce the Queen of France, since she holds sway over her husband. However, Condé refuses to do so. [2]

As Spring comes around, Antoine visits Francis and Mary at their court for the first time. His chief purpose in doing so is to ask for funds to support French refugees who have fled to Navarre to escape religious persecution in France. While Francis and Mary consider his proposal, he is invited to stay at court, where he meets the charming Lady Kenna. [3]

Although Louis advises against flirting with the wife of the king's brother, Antoine ignores him. When he sees the king's brother for the first time, he recognises him as the man who killed his and Condé's brother, Marcus, in The Italian Wars. Antoine decides to extend his stay at court to investigate. He believes he can flirt the answers out of Lady Kenna. [3]

Antoine pursuing Kenna, writing her notes, and sending her gifts does not escape the king's brother, Sebastian. It causes a rift in their relationship, but Antoine gained what he wanted: he made sure that the man who did indeed kill his older brother suffered the same way he did. When Kenna breaks up with Antoine because he lied about having a dying wife, he ruins her marriage with Bash completely by sending him her letters. [4]

While pretending to keep the peace with Francis and the House of Valois, Antoine secretly entertains the possibility of Louis getting engaged to Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England and France's biggest threat. He allows nothing to stand in the way of that, even Condé's new affair with Mary. [4]

The brothers' relationship sours significantly when Antoine threatens to reveal Condé's affair with Mary to King Francis if he does not end it immediately in favour of courting Elizabeth. It gets even worse when Antoine talks badly about Mary to Condé, prompting him to slap Antoine. After deciding that he achieved everything he set out to do, Antoine leaves for Navarre, albeit without his brother, who stays at court. [4]


Louis of Condé: Mary has no romantic feelings for me.
King Antoine: What, you've never changed a woman's mind before? [2]

King Antoine: Francis will find a way of killing you for this. You will be running for your life. [4]

King Antoine: End it now, or I will end both of you. [4]


  • Emile's mother's name is never mentioned, but Mary of Bourbon is the most logical choice. She had 9 brothers, and sisters 3 sisters, all three of whom died young. [5]
  • Despite his brother already mentioning him as a Protestant, Antoine appears very catholic.
  • Louis of Condé's fate was revealed. He was taken as prisoner in the mountains, and his brother is expected to pay his ransom. [6]
  • King Antoine agreed to convert to Catholicism, and renounce his claim to the French Thrown to save his brother. [6]

Historical Notes[]

  • Louis was titled Prince of Condé on 15 January 1557.
  • Antoine appears not to have had a real religious conviction and officially changed religions several times.
  • His parents had 13 children, including himself, and Louis of Condé. However they only had 4 daughters, none of whom had any children.
  • One of his brother's supporters acturally killed the Duke of Guise
  • Antoine was the father of Henry IV, King of France, who ascended to the throne after the extinction of the House of Valois in the male line.


Season Two
The Plague Drawn and Quartered Coronation The Lamb and the Slaughter Blood for Blood Three Queens The Prince of the Blood Terror of the Faithful Acts of War Mercy Getaway
Banished Sins of the Past The End of Mourning Forbidden Tasting Revenge Tempting Fate Reversal of Fortune Abandoned Fugitive The Siege Burn

Family Tree[]

Charles, Duke of Vendôme †
Françoise d'Alençon †
Unnamed Sister
King Antoine of Navarre
Queen Jeanne of Navarre
Marcus de Bourbon
Prince Louis of Condé
Emile de Bourbon
Henry de Bourbon
Catherine de Bourbon