Geoffrey Plantagenet IV


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Angers, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Death 7 Sep 1151 (aged 38)
Chateau-du-Loir, Departement de la Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France
Burial Le Mans, Departement de la Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France
Memorial ID 8143822 View Source

French Noble. The Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy from the house Gatinais, his habit of wearing a sprig of broom plant (planta genesta in Latin) on his hat is the origin of the name "Plantagenet." He succeeded his father Fulk V "the young" as Count of Anjou, Maine and Touraine in 1128, when Fulk went to the Holy Land to marry Melisende, daughter of King Baldwin II. of Jerusalem. Geoffrey married Empress Maude, the widow of Emperor Heinrich V and daughter of Henry I. of England two years later. The marriage was unhappy, partly because Maude felt humiliated that she, an empress, was married to a mere count. Their first son, Henry, was born five years after the wedding. Two more sons, Geoffrey and Guillaume followed in the next three years. He fought against King Stephen and conquered the Normandy from him and was from 1144 on Duke of Normandy. Geoffrey and Henry went to Paris to pledge their alliance to their liege King Louis VII in 1151. There, Henry met the Queen Eleonore for the first time, and apparently fell in love, which would later result in one of the biggest scandals of their time. During the return to his territory he became sick, with high fever and died 25 miles south-east of Le Mans.

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