Louis of France (1264–1276)

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Diedc.1276 (age around 12)
Château de Vincennes
FatherPhilip III of France
MotherIsabella of Aragon
French Monarchy
Direct Capetians
Arms of the Kingdom of France (Ancien).svg
Hugh Capet
Robert II
Henry I
Philip I
Louis VI
Louis VII
Philip II
Louis VIII
Louis IX
Philip III
Philip IV
Louis X
John I
Philip V
Charles IV

Louis of France (1264 – Château de Vincennes, before May 1276), was an heir apparent to the French throne. He was the eldest son of King Philip III of France and his first wife, Isabella of Aragon (1247-1271). He was the heir apparent to the French throne from August 25, 1270 (at the death of his grandfather Louis IX of France), until his own premature death, at the age of around 12.

He had three younger brothers: Philip IV the Fair, Robert and Charles.

His mother died in Calabria following a riding accident during her pregnancy with her fifth child, in 1270.

At his premature death at the age of 12, his younger brother Philip (who was only nine and would be the future Philip IV of France), succeeded him as heir apparent.

Circumstances of his death[1][edit]

Infamous suspicions, insidiously ascribed by parts of rivalling nobility to the royal favorite Pierre de la Broce (c. 1230 - 1278), hinted that the young Louis was poisoned by his stepmother, Mary of Brabant (1254-1321), the second wife of Philip III of France, whose alleged purpose was to eliminate successively the sons of Isabella. Thus Pierre de la Broce was arrested, then hanged (without trial) at the Gibbet of Montfaucon.

Family tree[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Les Rois qui ont fait la France, Philippe le Bel" by Georges Bordonove, page 18.