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King Louis VIII De France

King Louis VIII De France

Male 1187 - 1226  (39 years)

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  • Name King Louis VIII De France 
    Born 5 Sep 1187  Paris, Ile de France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History Louis VIII, byname Louis The Lion, or The Lion-heart, French Louis Le Lion, or Louis Coeur-de-lion (born Sept. 5, 1187, Paris—died Nov. 8, 1226, Montpensier, Auvergne, Fr.), Capetian king of France from 1223 who spent most of his short reign establishing royal power in Poitou and Languedoc.

    On May 23, 1200, Louis married Blanche of Castile, daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile, who effectively acted as regent after Louis’s death. In 1212 Louis seized Saint-Omer and Aire to prevent a powerful Flanders from being on the flank of his county of Artois. In 1216, after the barons rebelling against King John of England had offered the English throne to Louis in return for his aid, Louis went to England to aid the rebels. Initially he was successful, but eventually he was defeated at sea and suffered defections. In 1217, when peace was concluded at Kingston, Louis was secretly paid 10,000 marks. In 1224, now king, he seized Poitou and, in 1226, he launched a successful crusade against the Albigensian heretics, capturing the major fortress of Avignon before returning toward Paris because of illness.

    Louis was the first Capetian to grant appanages on a large scale and to have a reversion clause that made alienation of royal property more difficult. Louis also developed other particular rights for the kingship, such as the concept that fealty was sworn not only to the individual king but also to the kingship. His eldest son, Louis IX (afterward St. Louis), peacefully succeeded him while his other sons received appanages.
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    Died 8 Nov 1226  Chateau de Montpensier, Auvergne, France, age 39 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I326  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 15 May 2017 

    Father King Philippe II of France, & Dieudonne,   b. 21 Aug 1165, Gonesse, Ile de France, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1223, Mantes-La-Jolie, Ile de France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Queen Isabelle De Hainault, Queen of France,   b. 5 Apr 1170, Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-De-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1190, Paris, Ile de France, France, age 19 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Family ID F184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Blanche De Castille, Regent of France,   b. 4 Mar 1188, Palencia, Castille, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1252, Melun, Ile de France, France, age 64 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Saint Louis IX, King of France,   b. 25 Apr, 1214, Poissy, Ile-De-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug, 1270, Tunis, Tunisie, Afrique, age 56 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [putative]
    Last Modified 15 May 2017 
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Blanche De Castille, Regent of France,   b. 4 Mar 1188, Palencia, Castille, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1252, Melun, Ile de France, France, age 64 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Last Modified 16 May 2017 
    Family ID F207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    King Louis VIII
    King Louis VIII

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] Encyclopaedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Louis-VIII.