See also:Charles de Bourbon, duke of Vendome, younger
See also:brother of
See also:king of
See also:Navarre (1518-1562), was the first of the famous
See also:house of Conde (see above) . After his
See also:death in 1537
See also:Louis was educated in the principles of the reformed religion . Brave though deformed, gay but extremely poor for his
See also:rank, Conde was led by his ambition to a military career . He fought with distinction in Piedmont under Marshal de
See also:Brissac; in 1552 he forced his way with reinforcements into
See also:Metz, then besieged by Charles V.; he led several brilliant sorties from that
See also:town; and in 1554 commanded the
See also:cavalry on the Meuse against Charles . In 1557 he was
See also:present at the
See also:battle of St Quentin, and did further
See also:good service at the
See also:head of the light
See also:horse . But the descendants of the
See also:constable de Bourbon were still looked upon with suspicion in the French
See also:court, and Conde's services were ignored . The court designed to reduce his narrow means still further by despatching him upon a costly
See also:mission to
See also:Philip II. of Spain . His
See also:personal griefs thus combined with his religious views to force upon him a role of
See also:political opposition . He was concerned in the
See also:conspiracy of Amboise, which aimed at forcing from the king the recognition of the reformed religion . He was consequently condemned to death, and was only saved by the decease of
See also:Francis II . At the accession of the boy-king Charles IX., the policy of the court was changed, and Conde received from Catherine de' Medici the
See also:government of
See also:Picardy . But the struggle between the Catholics and the
See also:Huguenots soon began once more, and henceforward the career of Conde is the
See also:story of the
See also:wars of religion (see FRANCE:
See also:History) .
He was the military as well as the politicalchief of the Huguenot party, and displayed the highest generalship on many occasions, and notably at the battle of St Denis . At the battle of
See also:Jarnac, with only 400 horsemen, Conde rashly charged the whole Catholic army . Worn out with fighting, he at last gave up his sword, and a Catholic officer named Montesquiou treacherously shot him through the head on the 13th of
See also:March 1569 .
LOUIS II CONDE
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