Constance of France Capet: Birth: Abt 1124. Death: 16 Aug 1176
Note: Adelaide of Maurienne From Wikipedia Adelaide of Maurienne Queen consort of the Franks Tenure 1115\endash 1137 Spouse Louis VI of France Matthieu I of Montmorency Issue Philip of France Louis VII of France Henry, Archbishop of Reims Robert I of Dreux Constance, Countess of Toulouse Philip, Bishop of Paris Peter of Courtenay House House of Savoy House of Capet Father Humbert II of Savoy Mother Gisela of Burgundy Born 1092 Died 18 November 1154 (aged 61\endash 62) Adelaide of Savoy (or Adelaide of Maurienne) (Italian: Adelaide di Savoia or Adelasia di Moriana, French: Ad�la�de or Ad�le de Maurienne) (1092 \endash 18 November 1154) was the second spouse but first Queen consort of Louis VI of France. Biography Adelaide was the daughter of Humbert II of Savoy and Gisela of Burgundy, and niece of Pope Callixtus II, who once visited her court in France. Her father died in 1103, and her mother married Renier I of Montferrat as a second husband. She became the second wife of Louis VI of France (1081\endash 1137), whom she married on 3 August 1115. They had eight children, the second of whom became Louis VII of France. Adelaide was one of the most politically active of all France's medieval queens consort. Her name appears on 45 royal charters from the reign of Louis VI. During her tenure as queen, royal charters were dated with both her regnal year and that of the king. Among many other religious benefactions, she and Louis founded the monastery of St Peter's (Ste Pierre) at Montmartre, in the northern suburbs of Paris. She was reputed to be "ugly," but attentive and pious. Children She and Louis had seven sons and one daughter: 1.Philip of France (1116\endash 1131) 2.Louis VII (1120\endash 18 November 1180), King of France 3.Henry (1121\endash 1175), Archbishop of Reims 4.Hugues (b. c. 1122) 5.Robert (c. 1123\endash 11 October 1188), Count of Dreux 6.Constance (c. 1124\endash 16 August 1176), married first Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne and then Raymond V of Toulouse. 7.Philip (1125\endash 1161), Bishop of Paris. not to be confused with his elder brother. 8.Peter (c. 1125\endash 1183), married Elizabeth, Lady of Courtenay Queen dowager Afer Louis VI's death, Ad�laide did not immediately retire to conventual life, as did most widowed queens of the time. Instead she married Matthieu I of Montmorency, with whom she had one child. She remained active in the French court and in religious activities. Ad�laide is one of two queens in a legend related by William Dugdale. As the story goes, Queen Ad�laide of France became enamoured of a young knight, William d'Albini, at a joust. But he was already engaged to Adeliza of Louvain and refused to become her lover. The jealous Ad�laide lured him into the clutches of a hungry lion, but William ripped out the beast's tongue with his bare hands and thus killed it. This story is almost without a doubt apocryphal. In 1153 she retired to the abbey of Montmartre, which she had founded with Louis VII. She died there on 18 November 1154. She was buried in the cemetery of the Church of St. Pierre at Montmarte, but her tomb was destroyed during the Revolution. Sources Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines: 101-24, 117\endash 24, 135\endash 26, 274A-25 Nolan, Kathleen D. Capetian Women Facinger, Marion F. "A Study of Medieval Queenship: Capetian France, 987\endash 1237" Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 5 (1968: 3\endash 48.
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