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Louis VII, roi de France[1]

Male 1120 - 1180  (60 years)


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  • Name Louis VII  
    Suffix roi de France 
    Born 1120  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Between 1137 and 1180 
    roi de France 
    _AMTID 330126062622:1030:114017017 
    _UID 04B04CDC496B4CC58CA9A46B9B10BAFA44C6 
    Buried Sep 1180  Melun, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Abbaye Barbeaux 
    Died 18 Sep 1180  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In 1131, at the age of eleven, he was anointed as his father's successor;and when his father died in 1137 he became sole ruler of France. In thesame year he married Eleanore de Poitou, Duchess of Aquitaine, soextending the Capetingian lands to the Pyrenees. He continued hisfather's program of appointing trustworthy people of lower origin to theadministration of his government, thus improving the prestige of themonarchy. From 1141 to 1143 he was involved in a fruitless conflict withThibaut, Count of Champagne, and the papacy. After this period hisrelations with the popes improved to such an extent that he supportedPope Alexander II against Frederick Barbarossa and even allowed the poperefuge in France. However, the main threats to his kingdom came fromGeoffrey, Count of Anjou, and later from Geoffrey's son, the futureHenry II, King of England. When Louis VII went on crusade, he took hiswife with him. However, on their return he divorced her, the groundsofficially being consanguinity, but the reasons were her rumouredaffairs. Almost immediately she married King Henry II of England, takingAquitaine with her. Louis VII then married Constance of Castile and,when she died, he married Alix de Champagne who became the mother of hisson and heir, the future King Philippe II August. Louis VII might havedefeated King Henry II had he made a concerted attack instead of thehalf-hearted attacks on Normandy, while at the same time France wasspared attacks from the Anglo-Normans because of their internalquarrels. He also benefited from the long-standing quarrel between HenryII and Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, and a revolt of Henry'ssons. @ M k EAlix de Blois-Champagne F E(1140-1206), Page 2. FKing Louis VII of France was in urgent need of a son and heir as hisfirst two wives, Eleonore de Poitou and Constance of Castile, had madehim the father of only four girls. And so, on 13 November 1160, only amonth after the death of his second wife, he married Alix de Blois. In1165 she became the mother of a son, Philippe II August, later to befollowed by two more daughters. In 1180, Louis VII died, making the15-year-old Philippe II king of an area little larger than the Ile deFrance. Perhaps this was the reason why he took some of his mother'scastles, causing a quarrel. However, these disagreements were settledand, when Philippe II went on crusade (1190-1191), she acted as hisRegent.
    Person ID I4283  Work in progress june2018
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2010 

    Father Louis VI 'le Gros', de France,   b. Abt 1081, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1137, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Adelaide DE MAURIENNE, de Savoie,   b. Abt 1092, Savoie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1154  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married Abt Apr 1115  Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adèle DE BLOIS, de Champagne,   b. Abt 1137, Champagne-Ardenne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1206, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1160  [1
    Children 
     1. Philippe II 'Auguste', roi de France,   b. 21 Aug 1165, Gonesse, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1223, Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart