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Louis I
Luis I, príncipe de Asturias2.jpg
Portrait by Jean Ranc, c. 1723
King of Spain (more...)
Reign 15 January 1724 – 31 August 1724
Predecessor Philip V
Successor Philip V
Chief Ministers
Born 25 August 1707
Buen Retiro, Madrid, Castile
Died 31 August 1724(1724-08-31) (aged 17)
Buen Retiro, Madrid, Spain
Burial El Escorial
(m. 1721)
Full name
Spanish: [Luis Felipe Fernando José de Borbón y Saboya] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
House Bourbon-Anjou
Father Philip V of Spain
Mother Maria Luisa Gabriella of Savoy
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Louis I's signature

Louis I (Luis Felipe Fernando José; 25 August 1707 – 31 August 1724) was King of Spain from 15 January 1724 until his death in August the same year. His reign is one of the shortest in history, lasting for just over seven months.

Infante of Spain (1707–1709)

Louis was born at Palacio del Buen Retiro, in Madrid as the eldest son of the reigning King Philip V of Spain and his wife Maria Luisa Gabriella of Savoy. He was named after his great-grandfather Louis XIV of France.

Prince of Asturias (1709–1721)

Louis, King of Spain
Infante Louis at the age of 10 (1717)

At birth he was the heir apparent but was not given the traditional title of "Prince of Asturias" until April 1709. In 1714, when Louis was seven, his mother died, leaving him and his brothers, Infante Ferdinand and Infante Felipe Pedro. On 24 December 1714, Louis' father remarried to Elisabeth Farnese, the young heiress to the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza.

Marriage (1722)

As heir not only to the vast Spanish Empire, but also to a new dynasty, it was decided that Louis would take a wife as soon as possible. On 20 January 1722, at Lerma, he met and married Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, a daughter of Philippe, Duke of Orléans, cousin of Louis' father and then the Regent of France. The dowry of this marriage was an enormous 4 million livres.

King of Spain (1724)

Louis ruled for a short period between the time his father Philip V abdicated in his favour (14 January 1724) and his death from smallpox, just over seven months. King Philip sent him a letter informing him of his decision. He calls his son a great king. Louis sent his father a humble reply thanking him and signed his letter as Prince of Asturias. His marital problems dominated during his reign. His father kept tabs on him from San Ildefonso. To counter his father's influence, he surrounded himself with officials who had not served under Philip. His plans were to focus more on the American colonies rather than the lost Italian territories. On his death, his father returned to the throne, and reigned 22 more years until his own death in 1746. Louis was buried in the Cripta Real del Monasterio de El Escorial part of the El Escorial complex.

Appearance and personality

Louis was tall and thin, with blonde hair. He was considered unattractive and the similarity between him and his maternal grandfather, Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, was notable. Apart from this, Louis had weak arms, which emphasized his delicacy.

Not much is known about Louis' personality. According to Vicente Bacallar, Marquis de San Felipe, he was extremely liberal, magnanimous and into making people to feel comfortable next to him. Other contemporaries allegedly pointed out Louis had inherited his father's intelligence and charm and mother's morality and submission.

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