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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Family: Louis VII, King of the Franks / Eleanor d'Aquitaine, Duchess of Aquitaine (F2978)

m. 25 Jul 1137


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  • Louis VII, King of the FranksFather | Male
    Louis VII, King of the Franks

    Born  1120  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 Sep 1180  Saint-Pont, Allier Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Saint-Denis Basilica, Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  25 Jul 1137  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]  Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux, France  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Divorced  21 Mar 1152  [6, 7, 8, 9]  Château de Beaugency, Beaugency, Loiret, Centre-Val de Loire, France  [6, 7, 8, 9] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Constanza de Castilla, Queen consort of France | F4006 
    Married  1154  Cathedral of Sainte Croix, Orléans  Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Alix de Blois, Queen Consort of France | F3062 
    Married  13 Nov 1160   
    Father  Louis VI de France, King of the Franks | F2995 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Adelaide de Maurienne, Queen Consort of France | F2995 Group Sheet 

    Eleanor d'Aquitaine, Duchess of AquitaineMother | Female
    Eleanor d'Aquitaine, Duchess of Aquitaine

    Born  Abt 1124  Château de Belin, Guienne, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1 Apr 1204  Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Henry II, King of England | F2977 
    Married  18 May 1152  Poitiers Cathedral, Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Guillaume X d'Aquitaine, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou (VIII) | F3737 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Eleonore de Châtellerault, Dss of Aquitaine | F3737 Group Sheet 

    Marie de France, Countess of ChampagneChild 1 | Female
    + Marie de France, Countess of Champagne

    Born  1145  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 Mar 1198   
    Buried    Cathedral of Meaux, Seine-et-Marne Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Henri I de Blois, Count of Champagne | F3038 
    Married  1164   

    Child 2 | Female
    + Alix de France, Countess of Blois

    Born  1150  France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  ca. 1197  France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Thibaut V de Blois, Count of Blois | F3040 
    Married  1164   

  • Notes  Divorced:
    • The marriage was annulled on grounds of consanguinity within the fourth degree. The synod of bishops convened at Beaugency Castle on 11 Mar 1152. The annulment was granted with papal approval on 21 March.

  • Sources 
    1. [S336429] Britain's Royal Families: A Complete Genealogy, Alison Weir, (London: Vintage Books, 2008), 60.

    2. [S23] The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2012), 31.

    3. [S420] The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 206.

    4. [S421] The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2014), 75.

    5. [S422] Richard I (English Monarchs Series), John Gillingham, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), 25-26.
      "They had been married in 1137 when her father, Duke William X of Aquitaine, had died suddenly, and without sons, while on pilgrimage to Compestella. Eleanor's uncle Raymond, count of Tripoli, was ruler of one of the crusader states and too far away either to help her or to threaten to take her inheritance for himself. It was a sensible alliance for a fifteen-year-old old heiress deprived of her father's or an uncle's protection. Moreover contemporaries believed that, as a husband, Louis VII gave her love as well as protection. But as time went by the marriage turned sour."

    6. [S336429] Britain's Royal Families: A Complete Genealogy, Alison Weir, (London: Vintage Books, 2008), 61.

    7. [S336465] Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, Alison Weir, (New York: Ballantine iBook, 2008), 124.

    8. [S20] The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217, Richard Brooks, (Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014), 42.
      Year only.

    9. [S421] The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2014), 76.