Philip I of France


Philip I of France

Infobox French Royalty|monarch
name=Philip I
title=King of the Franks



caption="1904 sketch based upon earlier artwork"
reign=23 May 1059 – 4 August 1060; 4 August 1060 – 29 July 1108
reign-type=Co-reign
Solo-reign
coronation=23 May 1059
full name=
predecessor=Henry I
successor=Louis VI
spouse=Bertha of Holland
Bertrade de Montfort
issue=Constance, Princess of Antioch
Louis VI
Cecile, Countess of Tripoli
royal house=House of Capet
royal anthem =
father=Henry I
mother=Anne of Kiev
date of birth= birth date|1052|5|23|df=y
place of birth=
date of death= death date and age|1108|7|29|1052|5|23|df=y
place of death=Melun, France
place of burial=Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire|

Philip I (23 May 1052 – 29 July 1108), called the Amorous [ [http://www.britannia.com/history/resource/france.html Kings of France ] ] or the Fat, was King of France from 1060 to his death. His reign, like that of most of the early Direct Capetians, was extraordinarily long for the time. The monarchy began a modest recovery from the low it reached in the reign of his father and he added to the royal demesne the Vexin and Bourges.

Philip was the son of Henry I and Anne of Kiev. His name was of Greek origin, being derived from "Philippos", meaning "lover of horses". It was rather exotic for Western Europe at the time and was bestowed upon him by his Eastern European mother. Although he was crowned king at the age of seven, until age fourteen (1066) his mother acted as regent, the first queen of France ever to do so. Her co-regent was Baldwin V of Flanders.

Philip first married Bertha, daughter of Floris I, Count of Holland, in 1072. Although the marriage produced the necessary heir, Philip fell in love with Bertrade de Montfort, the wife of Count Fulk IV of Anjou. He repudiated Bertha (claiming she was too fat) and married Bertrade on 15 May 1092. In 1094, he was excommunicated by Hugh, Archbishop of Lyon, for the first time; after a long silence, Pope Urban II repeated the excommunication at the Council of Clermont in November 1095. Several times the ban was lifted as Philip promised to part with Bertrade, but he always returned to her, and after 1104, the ban was not repeated. In France, the king was opposed by Bishop Ivo of Chartres, a famous jurist.

Philip appointed Alberic first Constable of France in 1060. A great part of his reign, like his father's, was spent putting down revolts by his power-hungry vassals. In 1077, he made peace with William the Conqueror, who gave up attempting the conquest of Brittany. In 1082, Philip I expanded his demesne with the annexation of the Vexin. Then in 1100, he took control of Bourges.

It was at the aforementioned Council of Clermont that the First Crusade was launched. Philip at first did not personally support it because of his conflict with Urban II. The pope would not have allowed him to participate anyway, as he had reaffirmed Philip's excommunication at the said council. Philip's brother Hugh of Vermandois, however, was a major participant.

Philip died in the castle of Melun and was buried per request at the monastery of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire – and not in St Denis among his forefathers. He was succeeded by his son, Louis VI, whose succession was, however, not uncontested. According to Abbot Suger:

Children

Philip's children with Bertha were:
#Constance, married Hugh I of Champagne before 1097 and then, after her divorce, to Bohemund I of Antioch in 1106
#Louis (December 1, 1081 – August 1, 1137)
#Henry (b.1083) (died young)
#Eudes (1087-1096)

Philip's children with Bertrade were:
# Philippe, Comte de Mantes (living 1123)
# Fleury, seigneur de Nagis (living 1118)
# Cecile of France, married Tancred, Prince of Galilee; married secondly Pons of Tripoli

ources

*"Genealogiae Comitum Flandriae"

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