Adela of Champagne

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Adela of Champagne
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Queen consort of Franks
Tenure 1164–1180
Coronation 1164
Born c. 1140
Blois, France
Died 4 June 1206 (aged 65–66)
Paris, France
Spouse
Louis VII of France
(m. 1160; d. 1180)
Issue Philip II of France
Agnes, Byzantine Empress[1]
House Blois
Father Theobald II, Count of Champagne
Mother Matilda of Carinthia

Adela of Champagne (French: Adèle; c. 1140 – 4 June 1206; also known as Adelaide and Alix) was Queen of France as the third wife of Louis VII. She was the daughter of Theobald II, Count of Champagne, and Matilda of Carinthia. She was named after her grandmother, Adela of Normandy.

Louis and Adela married on 18 October 1160. They had two children. Their son was Philip II. Philip was Louis's only son. Their daughter was the Byzantine empress Agnes.[2]

When Adela's husband died in 1180, her son became king. In 1190, she acted as regent while Philip was away on the Third Crusade.

Queen Adela died on 4 June 1206 in Paris, Île-de-France, France. She was buried in the church of Pontigny Abbey near Auxerre.

Family tree[change | change source]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Odo II, Count of Blois
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Theobald III, Count of Blois
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Ermengarde of Auvergne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Stephen II, Count of Blois
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Herbert I, Count of Maine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Gersende of Maine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Theobald II, Count of Champagne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Robert I, Duke of Normandy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. William the Conqueror
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Herleva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Adela of Normandy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Baldwin V, Count of Flanders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Matilda of Flanders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Adela of France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Adèle of Champagne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Siegfried of Sponheim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Egelbert I of Sponheim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Richgard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Engelbert, Duke of Carinthia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Hedwig of Eppenstein
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Matilda of Carinthia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Count Rapotos IV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Ulrich I, Count of Passau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Matilda
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Utta of Passau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Kuno of Lechsgemünd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Adelaide of Frontenhausen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Matilda of Horburg
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources[change | change source]

  1. Garland, Lynda. Byzantine empresses: women and power in Byzantium, AD 527–1204. London, Routledge, 1999.
  2. Gislebert of Mons' Chronicon
French royalty
Preceded by
Constance of Castile
Queen of France
1164–1180
Succeeded by
Isabella of Hainault