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Bourbons of India are supposedly descendants of 'Jean Philippe de Bourbon Navarre', apparently a nephew or cousin of Henry IV of France [1], [2]. This article or section should include material from France: Wars of Religion _ Bourbon Dynasty The House of Bourbon dates from at least the beginning of the 13th century, when the estate of Bourbon was ruled by a Lord, vassal of France. ... Henry IV (French: Henri IV; December 13, 1553 – May 14, 1610), was the first monarch of the Bourbon dynasty in France. ...

In 1560, Jean Philippe apparently (according to family tradition) arrived in the court of Mugal emperor Akbar, having endured hair-raising and exciting adventures involving pirates and kidnapping, including an attempt to sell him in a slave market in Cairo. His descendants served as administrators of Bhopal and become the second most important family in Bhopal [3]. There are two novels on the family, Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark's "Le Rajah de Bourbon", 2007, [4], and "LES BOURBONS DE L'INDE" de Salvadore de Bourbon et Lucien Jailloux. R?f. BOIN, 2003[5]. The Mughal Empire (alternative spelling Mogul, which is the origin of the word Mogul) of India was founded by Babur in 1526, when he defeated Ibrahim Lodi, the last of the Delhi Sultans at the First Battle of Panipat. ... For other uses, see Akbar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bhopal (disambiguation). ... Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (born 7 January 1939) is the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. ...

In 18th century, the family moved to Bhopal and entered the service of the royal family of Bhopal [6]. In independent India, the old jagirs (land entitlements) were abolished and the family was forced to find work for survival. For other uses, see Bhopal (disambiguation). ...

Louis Rousselet, in his 1875 "India and its Native Princes" [7], mentions a visit to the family. He mentions about Balthazar's wife Elizabeth. "I was at once struck by her appearance, which is evidently European,". Rousselet was "received by a number of armed servants, who assisted him to dismount from his elephant [8].

The present head of the family is Balthazar-Napoleon Bourbon who is a lawyer and also owns agricultural lands. Bourbon, who who has accepted their change in circumstances, often jokes that his family is "Bourbons on the rocks."

Criticism of the Claim of Descent

In fact, Henry IV had no nephews, and no Bourbon cousins from Navarre; the origins of 'Jean Philippe' (who is unknown to contemporary history) are confused, being variously attributed to the Bourbon-Busset family (an illegitimate line of the Bourbons) and to Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, whom family tradition claims did not die in the siege of Rome in 1527, instead fleeing to India and producing Jean Philippe in a liason with a Mongol Princess. The line of de Bourbon de Busset is a branch of the Capetian dynasty and of the House of Bourbon. ... Charles III of Bourbon-Montpensier (February 17, 1490 – 1527 in Rome) was Count of Montpensier and Dauphin of Auvergne. ...

It has been claimed that it is impossible for the family to be legitimate descendants of the House of Bourbon, or to have any claim to the French throne. The character of Jean Philippe does not appear in any official family tree of the Bourbon family; nor would any Bourbon cousin of Henry IV have a claim to the throne greater than that of Henry or his descent. Also see:  Early Modern France The House of Bourbon is an important European royal house. ...


  1. ^ The lost Bourbon, in India, Angelique Chrisafis, Hindu Mar 04, 2007 http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/04/stories/2007030403251801.htm
  2. ^ http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/1998-02/0886979312
  3. ^ Found in India: the last king of Francehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,2025636,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1
  4. ^ Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, Le Rajah de Bourbon, 2007
  5. ^ "LES BOURBONS DE L'INDE" de Salvadore de Bourbon et Lucien Jailloux, BOIN, 2003
  6. ^ Hayat-i-Qudsi: Life of the Nawab Gauhar Begum Alias the Nawab Begum Qudsia, of Bhopal By W. S. Davis, 1918
  7. ^ India and Its Native Princes: Travels in Central India and in the Presidencies of Bombay and Bengal By Louis Rousselet, Charles Randolph Buckle, 1875
  8. ^ http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2006/01/10/2003288377

Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (born 7 January 1939) is the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. ...

External links

See Jean Philippe, a courtier of the khan, *1525



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