County of Champagne

The County of Champagne (Latin: Comitatus Campaniensis; Old French: Conté de Champaigne),[1] or County of Champagne and Brie, was a historic territory and feudal principality in France descended from the early medieval kingdom of Austrasia. The county became part of the crown lands due to the marriage of Queen Joan I of Navarre, who was the countess of Champagne, and King Philip IV of France.[2]

County of Champagne
France in 1154
France in 1154
StatusVassal state of Kingdom of France
Roman Catholicism
GovernmentFeudal County
Count of Champagne 
• 690-707
• 1305-1314
Louis X
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Established
• County merged with the French Crown
Preceded by
Succeeded by
France in the Middle Ages
Champagne (province)
Today part ofFrance


The county reached its peak as one of the richest and strongest of the French principalities during the rule of Henry I. The court of Champagne became a renowned literary center,[3] and the county hosted the Champagne fairs at their height. The countship passed to the French crown in 1314, forming the province of Champagne.[4]

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  1. ^ Dictionnaire topographique de la France. 1871. p. 55.
  2. ^ Cazelles, Raymond (1958). La société politique et la crise de la royauté sous Philippe de Valois (in French). Paris: Librairie d'Argences.
  3. ^ Benton, John F (1961). "The Court of Champagne as a Literary Center". Speculum. 36 (4): 551–591. doi:10.2307/2856785. JSTOR 2856785. S2CID 161184362.
  4. ^ Longnon, Auguste (1911). "Champagne" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 827–828, see page 828, first para, last sentence. Louis Hutin, became count of Champagne. He was the last independent count of the province, which became attached to the French crown on his accession to the throne of France in 1314

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