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Raoul Count de Coucy, seigneur de Marle

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Boves, Somme, Picardie, France
Death: Died in Siege Acre,Palestine,,
Place of Burial: Foisny
Immediate Family:

Son of Enguerrand II de Coucy and Agnes de Beaugency
Husband of Adelheid Countess de Coucy; Alice (Adèle ou Asélaïde) de Dreux and Agnes la Boiteuse de Hainaut
Father of Agnes Countess de Coucy; Agnès de Coucy; Enguerrand III, seigneur de Coucy; Thomas de Coucy, seigneur de Vervins; Robert I de Coucy, seigneur de Pinon and 5 others
Brother of Enguerrand de Coucy and Dreux De Marle

Occupation: Sieur, de Coucy, 1149/1191, de Crécy, de Marle, de la Fère, de Vervins, de Pinon, de Landousies, Seigneur, Lord of Coucy, Marle, La Fere, Crecy, Vervins, Pinon, Landouzy, and Fontaine
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About Raoul I de Coucy, seigneur de Marle



Ralph of Coucy, (c. 1134 – † 1191), lord of Coucy, lord of Marle, La Fère, Crécy (sur-Serre), Vervins, Pinon, Landouzy (la-Ville), and Fontaine (lès-Vervins). He was the son of Enguerrand II, Lord of Coucy. He left for the Holy Land, where he died in the siege of Acre in November 1191.


Coucy, finding himself a widower and desiring for a male child, married for the second time with Alix II of Dreux, a royal princess who was a relative by his mother, Agnès de Beaugency, daughter of Mahaut (or Maud or Matilda) de Vermandois, eldest daughter of Hugh I, Count of Vermandois called the Great, brother of King Philip I of France. Alix II of Dreux was the daughter of Robert I, Count of Dreux, grand-son of King Philip I, and King Louis VII of France's niece. Alix de Dreux II's mother was Agnès de Baudement, Countess of Braine, third wife of her father Robert I de Dreux, and her brother was Robert II, Count of Dreux († December 28, 1218), Count of Dreux and Braine, who was married to Yolande de Coucy, eldest daughter of our Raoul and Agnès of Hainaut his first wife. By his two marriages, Raoul became stepfather by his wife to a great prince, son in law to a son of France and cousin to Philip Augustus.

Raoul attended the King of France in 1181 during the war against Philip I, Count of Flanders, although previously he had received the land of Marle and Vervins in the fief of La Ferte-Beliard that the Count had given him as an homage. But by the peace treaty granted afterward the king ordered that the Count should take this tribute back. And besides, the same Raoul became liege of the king for the estates of the fief of La Fère, which had been previously held by the church of Laon.


It is said that before his last breath, Raoul had instructed his squire that after his death, he should take his heart to the woman he loved (which some call the Lady of Fayel and others Gabrielle de Vergy). The squire was surprised by the husband when he was fulfilling his mission. The husband took the heart and forced his wife to eat it. She, who learned too late about her misfortune, swore not to eat again any food and let herself die of hunger. This venture has provided Pierre Laurent de Belloy the subject of his tragedy of Gabrielle de Vergy.


  • Raoul I Seigneur de Coucy & Marle

born about 1135

died November 1191 Acre, Palestine


  • Engelram (Enguerrand) II Seigneur de Coucy, Marle & le Fere

died 1148 probably in or near Damascus


  • Agnes de Beaugency

born about 1108

married 1132




  • Agnes de Hainault

born about 1141 Mons, Hainaut, Belgium

died about 1168/73


  • Yolande de Coucy

born about 1168

died 18 March 1222

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Raoul I de Coucy, seigneur de Marle's Timeline

October 15, 1134
Boves, Somme, Picardie, France
Age 10
Age 29
Boves, Somme, France
Age 31
Boves, Somme, Picardie, France
Age 33
Boves, Somme, Picardie, France
Age 40
Boves, Somme, France
Age 42
Pinon, Aisne, France
Age 47
Marle, Aisne, Picardie, France