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 Philippe II Augustus “the God-given” of France

Philippe II Augustus “the God-given” of France

Birth
Gonesse, Departement du Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
Death 14 Jul 1223 (aged 57)
Mantes-la-Jolie, Departement des Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Burial Saint-Denis, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 65601035 · View Source
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Philip II Augustus was the King of France from 1180 until his death. A member of the House of Capet, Philip Augustus was born at Gonesse in the Val-d'Oise, the son of Louis VII and his third wife, Adela of Champagne. He was originally nicknamed Dieudonné—the God-given—as he was the first son of Louis VII late in his father's life.
Philip was one of the most successful medieval French monarchs in expanding the royal demesne and the influence of the monarchy. He broke up the great Angevin Empire and defeated a coalition of his rivals (German, Flemish and English) at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214. He reorganized the government, bringing financial stability to the country and making possible a sharp increase in prosperity. His reign was popular with ordinary people because he checked the power of the nobles and passed some of it on to the growing middle class.
In declining health, Louis VII had him crowned and anointed at Rheims by the Archbishop William Whitehands on November 1, 1179. He was married on April 28, 1180 to Isabelle of Hainaut, who brought the County of Artois as her dowry. His father died on 20 September 1180.
Philip's eldest son, Louis, was born on 5 September 1187 and inherited Artois in 1190, when Isabelle, his mother, died.
Philip went on the Third Crusade (1189–1192) with Richard I of England (1189–99) and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick I Barbarossa (1155–90).
By the time Acre surrendered on July 12 1191, Philip was severely ill with dysentery which reduced his crusading zeal. Ties with Richard were further strained after the latter acted in a haughty manner after Acre had fallen.
Philip II Augustus died 14 July 1223 at Mantes and was interred in Saint Denis Basilica. Philip's son by Isabelle de Hainaut, Louis VIII, was his successor.


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  • Maintained by: A.D.L
  • Originally Created by: Mad
  • Added: 13 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65601035
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Philippe II Augustus “the God-given” of France (21 Aug 1165–14 Jul 1223), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65601035, citing Saint Denis Basilique, Saint-Denis, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by A.D.L (contributor 47895058) .