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Adela of Champagne

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Adela of Champagne
Queen consort of Franks
Bornc. 1140
Blois, France
Died4 June 1206 (aged 65–66)
Paris, France
Louis VII of France
(m. 1160; died 1180)
IssuePhilip II of France
Agnes, Byzantine Empress[1]
FatherTheobald II, Count of Champagne
MotherMatilda 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.

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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
Succeeded by
Isabella of Hainault