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Birthplace: Champagne, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
Death: Died in Valenciennes, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Occupation: Empress Consort
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About Marie de Champagne, Queen of Constantinople

Baldwin I of Constantinople

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In 1186, the younger Baldwin married Marie of Champagne, daughter of count Henry I of Champagne. The chronicler Gislebert describes Baldwin as being infatuated with his young bride, who nevertheless preferred prayer to the marital bed. Gislebert claims Baldwin was "tied only to one woman", his wife. Through Marie, Baldwin had additional connections and obligations to the defenders of the Holy Land: Her brother Henry II of Champagne had been King of Jerusalem in the 1190s (leaving a widow and two daughters who needed help to keep and regain their territories in Palestine). Marie's uncles Richard I of England and Philip II of France had just been on the Third Crusade.

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Marie of Champagne (c. 1174 - 9 August 1204) was the Empress consort of Baldwin I of Constantinople.

She was a daughter of Henry I, Count of Champagne and Marie of France, Countess of Champagne. Her maternal grandparents were Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Her brothers were Henry II of Champagne and Theobald III, Count of Champagne. Her sister Scholastique of Champagne married William V of Macon. Both sisters are mentioned by name in the chronicle of Alberic of Trois-Fontaines.

According to the chronicle of Gislebert of Mons, Marie was bethrothed to "Theobald", son of the count of Flanders and Hainaut in 1179. Gislebert is presumed to have misrecorded the name of Baldwin. Her betrothed was a son of Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut and Margaret I, Countess of Flanders.

On 6 January, 1186, Marie and Baldwin were married. They had two known children:

Jeanne, Countess of Flanders (1199/1200 - 5 December 1244).

Margaret II, Countess of Flanders (2 June 1202 - 10 February 1280).

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Marie of Champagne

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Marie of Champagne (c. 1174 - 9 August 1204) was the Empress consort of Baldwin I of Constantinople.

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   * 1 Family
   * 2 Marriage
   * 3 Empress consort
   * 4 Sources
   * 5 References
   * 6 External links

[edit] Family

She was a daughter of Henry I, Count of Champagne and Marie of France, Countess of Champagne. Her maternal grandparents were Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Her brothers were Henry II of Champagne and Theobald III, Count of Champagne. Her sister Scholastique of Champagne married William V of Macon. Both sisters are mentioned by name in the chronicle of Alberic of Trois-Fontaines.

[edit] Marriage

According to the chronicle of Gislebert of Mons, Marie was bethrothed to "Theobald", son of the count of Flanders and Hainaut in 1179. Gislebert is presumed to have misrecorded the name of Baldwin. Her betrothed was a son of Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut and Margaret I, Countess of Flanders.

On 6 January, 1186, Marie and Baldwin were married. They had two known children:

   * Joan, Countess of Flanders (1199/1200 - 5 December 1244).
   * Margaret II, Countess of Flanders (2 June 1202 - 10 February 1280).

[edit] Empress consort

On 14 April 1202 her husband left Flanders to join the Fourth Crusade. This Crusade was diverted to Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. The crusaders captured and sacked the city. Then they decided to set up a Latin Empire in place of the fallen Greek one. On 9 May, 1204, Baldwin was elected its first emperor making Marie the empress consort.

Marie herself left Flanders to join her husband but decided to visit Outremer first. According to Geoffrey of Villehardouin she could not join him in the crusade before because of being pregnant. Having given birth to Margaret and sufficiently recovered, she set forth to join him. [1]

She set sail from the port of Marseille and landed in Acre. According to A History of the Crusades: Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades (1954) by Steven Runciman, she there received tribute by Bohemond IV of Antioch. In Acre news reached her of the fall of Constantinople and the proclamation of Baldwin as the new emperor. She wanted to set sail for Constantinople but fell sick and died in the Holy Land. [2]

News of her death reached Constantinople through Crusading reinforcements from Syria. Baldwin was reportedly afflicted by the death of his wife. Villehardouin reports that Marie "was a gracious and virtuous lady and greatly honoured". [3]

Royal titles

Preceded by

Margaret of Hungary Latin Empress consort of Constantinople

1204 Succeeded by

Agnes of Montferrat

[edit] Sources

   * Alberic of Trois-Fontaines, Chronica Alberici Monachi Trium Fontium.
   * Gislebert of Mons, Chronicon Hanoniense (Chronicle of Hainaut).
   * Geoffrey of Villehardouin, De la Conquête de Constantinople
   * Steven Runciman, A History of the Crusades: Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades (Cambridge University Press 1954).

[edit] References

  1. ^ Geoffrey de Villehardouin, "Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople "
  2. ^ Geoffrey de Villehardouin, "Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople "
  3. ^ Geoffrey de Villehardouin, "Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of Constantinople "

[edit] External links

   * Her profile in "Medieval Lands" by Charles Cawley
   * A pedigree of her

This page was last modified on 16 June 2010 at 23:12.

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Marie of Champagne (c. 1174 - 9 August 1204) was the Empress consort of Baldwin I of Constantinople.

She was a daughter of Henry I, Count of Champagne and Marie of France, Countess of Champagne. Her maternal grandparents were Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Her brothers were Henry II of Champagne and Theobald III, Count of Champagne. Her sister Scholastique of Champagne married William V of Macon. Both sisters are mentioned by name in the chronicle of Alberic of Trois-Fontaines.

According to the chronicle of Gislebert of Mons, Marie was bethrothed to "Theobald", son of the count of Flanders and Hainaut in 1179. Gislebert is presumed to have misrecorded the name of Baldwin. Her betrothed was a son of Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut and Margaret I, Countess of Flanders.

On 6 January, 1186, Marie and Baldwin were married. They had two known children:

Jeanne, Countess of Flanders (1199/1200 - 5 December 1244).

Margaret II, Countess of Flanders (2 June 1202 - 10 February 1280).

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Marie de Champagne's Timeline

1174
1174
Champagne, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
1188
1188
Age 14
Valenciennes, Nord, France
1202
June 2, 1202
Age 28
Valenciennes, Nord, France
1204
August 9, 1204
Age 30
Valenciennes, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
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