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Alix of France
BornJuly - August 1150
Died1197/98 (aged 46 - 48)
SpouseTheobald V, Count of Blois
Issue
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Louis I, Count of Blois
Margaret, Countess of Blois
HouseCapet
FatherLouis VII, King of France
MotherEleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine

Alix of France (July–August 1150 – 1197/1198) was countess consort of Blois by marriage to Theobald V, Count of Blois. She was regent of Blois during the absence of her spouse in 1190-1191, and regent during the minority of Louis I, Count of Blois from 1191 until 1197.

Life[edit]

Alix was the second daughter born to King Louis VII of France and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine,[1] and was named after her aunt Petronilla of Aquitaine, who was also called "Alix". The birth of a second daughter to Eleanor and Louis instead of a badly needed son was one of the final nails in the coffin of their marriage. Her parents' marriage was annulled in 1152, barely a year after Alix's birth. She and her sister, Marie, were declared legitimate, and the custody of the two girls was awarded to their father. Eleanor soon after left the French court and married Henry II, Duke of Normandy, who later became King of England.

Countess of Blois[edit]

In 1164, Alix married Theobald V, Count of Blois,[2] who had previously attempted to abduct Alix's mother to force her into a marriage with him. Her older sister, Marie, married Theobald's brother, Henry.

Alix served as regent of Blois for seven years. When her husband left for the East in 1190, she was appointed regent to serve during his absence. When he died in 1191 and was succeeded by their minor son, Alix continued to serve as regent, this time during the minority of her son Louis I. She governed until 1197.

Alix died in 1197/98.

Issue[edit]

Alix and Theobald had seven children:

  1. Theobald (d. 1182)
  2. Louis I, Count of Blois,[2] who died in Constantinople in 1205
  3. Henry (d. 1182)
  4. Philip (d. 1202)
  5. Margaret, Countess of Blois (d. aft. 1230), who married (1) Otto I, Count of Burgundy; (2) Gauthier II, Seigneur of Avesnes[2]
  6. Isabella (1180–1247/1248), married (1) Sulpice of Amboise; (2) Jean de Montmirail[2]
  7. Alix, Abbess of Fontevrault[2]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly 1991, p. 126.
  2. ^ a b c d e Berman 2018, p. 75.

Sources[edit]

  • Berman, Constance Hoffman (2018). The White Nuns: Cistercian Abbeys for Women in Medieval France. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Kelly, Amy Ruth (1991). Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings. Harvard University Press.
  • Meade, Marion. Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1991
  • Wheeler, Bonnie, and Parsons, John Carmi, eds. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady, 2002