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The House of Bourbon is a European Royal House in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean. Like all minor civilizations, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.



  • Bourbon royal musketeer portrait.jpg Royal Musketeer: Royal Musketeer that will defend king and country with his sharp rapier in melee and charged pistol
  • Bourbon royal dragoon portrait.jpg Royal Dragoon: French Elite Dragoon that hit targets at a higher range and performs well in melee combat. Can trample enemies. Good against cavalry


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Bourbon reforms.png Bourbon Reforms 300 food,
300 wood,
300 coin
Gives XP for every technologies researched and Home City shipments sent
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Royal tax.png Royal Tax 150 food,
150 wood
Gives 20 coin for every building built
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Chouannerie.png Chouannerie 275 food Villagers get a +1.0x multiplier against Infantry; Coureurs des Bois get a -0.34x multiplier against Infantry
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Maison du roi.png Maison du Roi 750 coin All future Home City shipments ship additional Royal Horsemen; Royal Horsemen available at Bourbon Trading Posts


Royal March: For a short time, units (especially Infantry) have their speed increased.


Originating out of the French House of Capet in the 10th century, the House of Bourbon would emerge one of the preeminent royal families of Western Europe by the 1500s. At its height, the house had lineages in France, Spain, and Italy. Accumulating wealth and clout through several key engagements throughout France, the Bourbons eventually reached their apex under the reign of King Louis XIV, widely considered the greatest monarch in French history. His rule was renowned for its military proactivity, record-setting longevity (72 years on the throne), and royal opulence, emblemized by the world-famous Palace of Versailles.

In an era of globe-spanning imperial developments, the Bourbons were notable for their heavy centralization of royal power. To keep their ever-growing holdings under more direct supervision, they passed a series of sweeping reforms in the early 1700s. These policies, however, would prove extremely controversial during the following generations, eventually culminating in the French Revolution in 1789.


  • The units are based on French military.
  • The House of Bourbon is a European royal dynasty that reigned France between 1589 and 1792 and from 1815 to 1848, and Spain from 1700 and with interruptions (1808-1814); (1868-1874) and (1931-1975) until today. On the Italian peninsula, the Bourbon dynasty ruled Naples from 1734 and the two Sicilies from 1816 until the Italian unification in 1861.
  • The settlement resembles the Palace of Versailles.