The House of Bourbon (Borbón in Spanish) is a European royal house, which originated as a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty in 1268. The Bourbon house succeeded to the throne of France in the person of Henri IV in 1589. By the 18th century, members of the Bourbon dynasty also held thrones in Spain, Naples and Sicily (later Kingdom of the Two Sicilies), and Parma. In the 21st century, Spain and Luxembourg retain Bourbon monarchs.

In 1713, following the defeat of France and Spain in the War of Spanish Succession, the British-imposed Treaty of Utrecht declared that, while different members of the Bourbon family could rule in France and Spain, the two nations would not unite under a single monarch. This matter became irrelevant with the abolition of the French monarchy in the 19th century.

Bourbon in The Two Georges[]

By the close of the 20th century, the House of Bourbon retained control over the Franco-Spanish Holy Alliance, one of the world's three superpowers. King François IV, who ruled from Versailles, was the head of this ancient dynasty.[1]

Bourbon Characters in Harry Turtledove works[]


The Two Georges[]



  1. The Two Georges, pgs. 444-446, mpb.