The future King Francis I of France is born a girl (in 1494)

Futurist

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May 2014
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What if the future King Francis I of France would have been born a girl (in 1494)? This would have obviously made him ineligible for the French throne and considering that Francis's father died just a year after his birth, he would be unlikely to have the time to have any additional children (indeed, Francis was his last child in real life).

A lot would obviously depend on butterflies, but if French King Charles VIII still dies young and without a surviving male heir, then his cousin Louis, Duke of Orleans would have become the new French King as Louis XII just like he did in 1498 in real life. Meanwhile, if Louis still lacks a surviving male heir at the time of his death, then the French throne would have passed to Charles IV, Duke of Alencon--who'd be known as French King Charles X in this scenario. Then, if Charles still dies without a male heir like he did in real life, then the French throne should pass to Charles III, Duke of Bourbon--who'd be known as French King Charles XI in this scenario.

If this scenario occurs like this, this would mean that the elder branch of the House of Bourbon would succeed to the French throne in the early 16th century--as opposed to having the younger branch of the House of Bourbon succeed to the French throne in the late 16th century like they did in real life as a result of the extinction of the male line of the elder branch of the House of Bourbon. In this scenario, the elder branch of the House of Bourbon could very well survive much longer than it did in real life.

Anyway, how would the elder branch of the House of Bourbon have governed France in this scenario? Would they have been much different from the younger branch of the House of Bourbon, and if so, in exactly which ways?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
15,559
SoCal
#2
I want to elaborate on one additional point here--with Francis being born a girl and thus never acquiring the French throne, Charles III, Duke of Bourbon is probably never actually going to be compelled to commit treason--which in turn would mean that he probably isn't going to die young in battle like he did in real life. With a longer life, Charles would have much greater odds of having at least one surviving son and thus continuing the elder line of the House of Bourbon.
 

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