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Marie de Champagne
Birth: 1145
Death: Mar. 11, 1198

French Royalty. A French Princess and Countess of Champagne, also known as Marie Capet or Marie de France, but she is mostly known as Marie de Champagne, like her daughter and her sister in law, the Abbess of Fontevraud. She was the oldest daughter of King Louis VII. and Eleanor of Aquitaine. As an eight year old she was promised to the nineteen years older Count Henri I de Champagne, son of Thibaut, Count of Champagne and Blois and brother of King Stephen I., and was sent in the same year in the Champagne to be raised there. She married him in 1264 and bore him 4 children. Marie married Baldwin VI. Count of Flanders and Emperor of Constantinople and Scholastica married Guillaume IV de Macon. Henri II married Isabelle d'Anjou, Queen of Jerusalem, and Thibaut married Queen Blanca of Navarra and founded the Champagne dynasty that reigned Navarra until 1305. After Henri's death in 1181 she reigned the Champagne for her son. After Henri's II departure to for the crusade she acted as his regent. Like her mother she is known as a great patron of literature and many poets and troubadours, like Chretien de Troyes, Trouvère and Conon de Béthune, attended her court. She had close contact with her sister Alice, that had married Henri's younger brother, and with the children from her parents second marriages. Richard I. dedicated a poem to her that he wrote in prison. She also had a close friendship with her father's third daughter Marguerite, who married the younger Henry Plantagenet and was therefore her half-sister as well as her sister-in-law. After Henry's death in 1185 Marguerite lived at Marie's court and together they attended the funeral for Geoffrey de Bretagne. There was much controversy about whether she and her mother visited each other, since there seem to be no documents that say so, but it is actually pretty possible. They could have met during the time that Eleonore had her own court in Poitiers or when she traveled from Sicily, to where she had brought Berengaria to marry her son Richard, to England, as well as on other occasions. When the news of the deaths of Marguerite and her son Henri II., who had both died shortly after one another in the Holy Land, reached her she was disconsolate, and died three months later. Her tomb was destroyed during the Reformation. (bio by: Lutetia) 
Family links: 
   King Louis VII (1120 - 1180)
   Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (1123 - 1204)
  Henry I of Champagne (1127 - 1181)*
  Henri II de Champagne (1166 - 1197)*
  Marie de Champagne (1174 - 1204)*
  Theobald III of Champagne (1179 - 1201)*
  Marie de Champagne (1145 - 1198)
  William De Poitiers (1153 - 1156)**
  Henry Plantagenet (1155 - 1183)**
  Mathilda Plantagenet (1156 - 1189)**
   Richard I (1157 - 1199)**
  Geoffrey II Plantagenet (1158 - 1186)**
  Alys Talvas (1160 - 1220)**
  Adélaïde Capet (1160 - 1160)**
  Eleanor Plantagenet (1162 - 1214)**
  Joan Plantagenet (1164 - 1199)**
  Philippe II August of France (1165 - 1223)**
  King John (1167 - 1216)**
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Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Meaux
Departement de Seine-et-Marne
Île-de-France, France
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Originally Created by: Lutetia
Record added: May 23, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11012601
Marie de Champagne
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