Philippa of Champagne
french noble
Philippa of Champagne
Philippa of Champagne, Lady of Ramerupt and of Venizy was the third daughter of Queen Isabella I of Jerusalem and Henry II, Count of Champagne. She was the wife of Erard de Brienne-Ramerupt who encouraged her in 1216 to claim the county of Champagne which belonged to her cousin Theobald IV, who was still a minor.
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  • 1250
    Age 53
    Philippa died on 20 December 1250, a little more than six years after her husband.
    More Details Hide Details She was aged about fifty-three.
  • 1222
    Age 25
    The war finally ended upon Theobald reaching his majority in 1222, and in April of that year, Philippa was persuaded to renounce her claim to Champagne on behalf of her cousin.
    More Details Hide Details Theobald was however, obliged to pay Erard, Philippa and Alice a large monetary compensation. In addition to the generous financial settlement, Erard and Philippa were exempted from all payment of outstanding debts, and excommunication. After this time, Philippa and Alice abandoned their claim on Champagne. Together Erard and Philippa had nine children:
  • 1216
    Age 19
    In early 1216, Erard and Philippa returned to France, where they took up a position at Nevers, but were besieged by the forces of Blanche of Navarre.
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  • 1214
    Age 17
    On 15 August 1214 Philippa married as his second wife, Erard I de Brienne, Lord of Ramerupt and de VĂ©nisy, a powerful noble from Champagne, France.
    More Details Hide Details The couple married clandestinely in defiance of Pope Innocent III's prohibition of their marriage, due to the couple having been related within the prohibited degree of kinship. Pope Innocent was prompted by the machinations of her aunt Blanche of Navarre, who had also seized Erard's fiefs. Shortly after their marriage, Erard encouraged Philippa to claim her father's county of Champagne which had succeeded to her cousin, Theobald IV who was still a minor. His mother Blanche of Navarre acted as his regent and she violently defended her son's rights which soon led to open warfare. (See main article: Champagne War of Succession).
  • 1205
    Age 8
    However, the validity of the divorce was upheld, as there had been no impediment to Maria of Montferrat's accession to the throne in 1205.
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    In 1205, her mother, stepfather, and infant half-brother all died, leaving Philippa an orphan at the age of eight.
    More Details Hide Details Her eldest half-sister, Maria of Montferrat succeeded as Queen of Jerusalem.
  • 1197
    Age 0
    Philippa was born in about 1197 in the Holy Land, the youngest daughter of Henry II, Count of Champagne and Queen Isabella I of Jerusalem.
    More Details Hide Details Her paternal grandparents were Count Henry I of Champagne and Marie of France, Countess of Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her maternal grandparents were King Amalric I of Jerusalem and Maria Comnena. She had two older sisters, Marie of Champagne (died as a child) and Alice of Champagne, who was the wife of King Hugh I of Cyprus and by whom she had issue. Philippa had an older half-sister Maria of Montferrat from her mother's second marriage to Conrad of Montferrat. In the year of Philippa's birth her father was killed after falling from a first floor window in Acre. The county of Champagne passed to his brother Theobald III. Following his death, Philippa's mother married her fourth husband, King Amalric II of Jerusalem. The marriage produced three half-siblings for Philippa: Sybilla, Melisende, and Almaric.
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