Gaucher V de Châtillon
Gaucher V de Châtillon (c. 1249 in Châtillon-sur-Marne – 1329), Lord of Châtillon, Count of Porcien, was constable of Champagne in 1284 and then Constable of France (1302–1329) during the reigns of five different kings. He was also tutor to the future Louis X of France and his primary minister.
Gaucher V de Châtillon
|Noble family||House of Châtillon|
|Father||Gaucher de Chatillon IV (d. 1261), Lord of Chatillon|
|Mother||Isabelle of Villehardouin (d. 1329)|
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In 1284, Philip III of France named Châtillon constable of Champagne. The fief of Château-Porcien, located in the Ardennes, became the possession of Philip IV through his marriage to Jeanne, daughter of Henry I of Navarre, and Philip established Châtillon here. Through this marriage, the province of Champagne became part of France. The king wanted to establish a royal provost, so in January 1289, he exchanged the countship of Porcien, Rozoy, and Gandelu, which had been given to Châtillon, with the domain of Châtillon-sur-Marne, as well as the châtellenie of Crécy-en-Brie, that of Crèvecœur, and a fief on the side of Roucy. Châtillon kept the lordship of the castle of Châtillon, which was reserved for him and his descendants.
In 1291, Châtillon pushed back the army of Count Henry III of Bar, son-in-law of Edward I of England. He fought the English in Guyenne in 1296. In 1302, during the conflict between Pope Boniface VIII and Philip IV, Châtillon tried to convince the nobility that the king of France is only accountable to God.
The Flanders RevoltEdit
In Flanders in 1302, Gaucher quashed the revolt in Bruges and built in that city a citadel at the expense of the inhabitants. He built two others in Lille and Courtray. He fortified several other places which had been demolished.
Châtillon is a character in Les Rois maudits (The Accursed Kings), a series of French historical novels by Maurice Druon. He was played by Jean Chevrier in the 1972 French miniseries adaptation of the series, and by Wadeck Stanczak in the 2005 adaptation.
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Gaucher V de ChâtillonBorn: c.1249 Died: 1329
Raoul of Clermont
| Constable of France
Raoul I of Brienne