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Original coat of arms of the county of Champagne.

The Count of Champagne was the ruler of the region of Champagne from 950 to 1316. Champagne evolved from the county of Troyes in the late eleventh century and Hugh I was the first to officially use the title "Count of Champagne".

When Sancho VII of Navarre died childless in 1234, his nephew Count Theobald IV of Champagne became also King of Navarre. The latter's greatgrandaughter Joan married King Philip IV of France. Upon Joan's death in 1305, her son Louis became the last independent count of Champagne, with the title merging into the royal domain upon his accession to the French throne in 1314.

The titular counts of Champagne also inherited the post of seneschal of France.

Counts and dukes of Champagne, Troyes, Meaux and BloisEdit

Dukes of ChampagneEdit

In Merovingian and Carolingian times, several dukes of Champagne (or Campania) are known. The duchy appears to have been created by joining together the civitates of Rheims, Châlons-sur-Marne, Laon, and Troyes. In the late seventh and early eighth centuries, Champagne was controlled by the Pippinids; first by Drogo, son of Pippin of Herstal, and then by Drogo's son Arnulf.

Counts of Meaux and TroyesEdit

Counts of Troyes Counts of Meaux
Counts of Troyes and Meaux
Counts of Troyes Counts of Meaux and Blois

Counts of ChampagneEdit

Counts of Champagne and Kings of NavarreEdit

  • Theobald IV, also King Theobald I of Navarre (1201–1253)
  • Theobald V, also Theobald II of Navarre (1253–1270)
  • Henry III, also Henry I of Navarre (1270–1274)
  • Joan (1274–1305), also Joan I of Navarre
  • Louis (1305–1316), also Louis I of Navarre, became Louis X of France, in 1314, after which the title merged into the royal domain

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Evergates, Theodore. Feudal Society in the Baillage of Troyes under the Counts of Champagne, 1152-1284. ISBN 0-8018-1663-7
  • Evergates, Theodore. Feudal Society in Medieval France: Documents from the County of Champagne. ISBN 0-8122-1441-2 (paperback), ISBN 0-8122-3225-9 (hardback)
  • Evergates, Theodore. "The Aristocracy of Champagne in the Mid-Thirteenth Century: A Quantitative Description." Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 5. pp 1–18 (1974).

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