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Duke Louis is reported to have been somewhat mentally unstable, in particular suffering from nervous breakdowns. The trait is believed to have been hereditary, with his granddaughter Joanna of Bourbon, her son, King Charles VI of France, and Charles' grandson, King Henry VI of England, all displaying similar symptoms.
From a relation to Jeanne de Bourbon-Lancy, dame de Clessy, he had several illegitimate children:
Jean (ca. 1297-1375), "bastard de Bourbon", knight, seigneur of Rochefort,Ébreuil, Beçay le Guérant, Bellenave, Jenzat, Serrant and la Bure, advisor to the dukes of Berry and of Bourbon, lieutenant du Forez, married Agnès Chaleu for his third wife;
"N" (eldest daughter), married to Girard of Châtillon-en-Bazois in 1317;
Guy (vers 1299-1349), seigneur of Clessy, la Ferté-Chauderon and Montpensier (Louis recognized him as his child in 1346, but the child was taken from him that same year). Married in 1315 Agnès of Chastellus, then between 1330 and 1333 Isabelle of Chastelperron;
Jeannette, bâtarde de Bourbon, married in 1310 to Guichard of Chastellus.