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Le Grand Dauphin

Louis by an unknown artist
Dauphin of France
Tenure 1 November 1661 - 14 April 1711
Spouse Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria
Louis, Duke of Burgundy, Dauphin of France
Philippe, Duke of Anjou, King of Spain
Charles, Duke of Berry
Full name
Louis de France
House House of Bourbon
Father Louis XIV of France
Mother Marie Therese of Austria
Born 1 November 1661(1661-11-01)
Château de Fontainebleau, France
Died 14 April 1711(1711-04-14) (aged 49)
Château de Meudon, France
Burial 28 April 1711
Royal Basilica of Saint Denis, France

Louis of France, Son of France Dauphin of France ( 1 November 1661, - 14 April 1711) was the eldest son and heir of Louis XIV, King of France and of his spouse, Marie Therese of Austria. He was known as le Grand Dauphin due to his large physical size. His wife was Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria. He never became king as he died before his father did.


Thus, through Burgundy and Anjou, Louis ensured the continuation of the senior Bourbon line on the throne of France and the establishment of the cadet Spanish Bourbon dynasty respectively.


Further reading

Lahaye, Matthieu, Louis, Dauphin de France. Fils de roi, père de roi, jamais roi, DEA directed by Joël Cornette, University of Paris VIII, 2005.

Lahaye, Matthieu, Louis Ier d'Espagne (1661-1700) : essai sur une virtualité politique, Revue historique, Numéro 647, PUF, Paris, Novembre 2008.