House of Bourbon
The House of Bourbon is a European dynasty of French origin, a branch of the Capetian dynasty, the royal House of France. Bourbon kings first ruled France and Navarre in the 16th century. By the 18th century, members of the Spanish Bourbon dynasty held thrones in Spain, Naples, Sicily, and Parma. Spain and Luxembourg have monarchs of the House of Bourbon.
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- Nobles and heralds, by your leave,
Here lies what once was Matthew Prior;
The son of Adam and of Eve:
Can Bourbon or Nassau claim higher?
- Matthew Prior, Epitaph (1721)
- I am Bourbon as a matter of honour, royalist according to reason and conviction, and republican by taste and character.
- François-René de Chateaubriand, De la restauration et de la monarchie élective (1831)
- I see that God died on a gibbet eighteen hundred years ago on behalf of the Bourbon family.
- A sceptic of the throne and altar political alliance of Catholicism and Monarchism. Quoted in The New Cambridge Modern History (1965)