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Isabella of Hainault (Valenciennes, 5 April 1170 – 15 March 1190, Paris) was queen consort of France as the first wife of King Philip II of France.
Isabella was born in Valenciennes on 5 April 1170, the daughter of Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut, and Margaret I, Countess of Flanders. At the age of one, her father had her betrothed to Henry, the future Count of Champagne. He was the nephew of Adèle of Champagne, who was Queen of France. In 1179, both their fathers swore that they would proceed with the marriage, but her father later agreed to her marrying Philip II of France.
Queen of France
She married King Philip on 28 April 1180 at Bapaume and brought as her dowry the county of Artois. The marriage was arranged by her maternal uncle Philip, Count of Flanders, who was advisor to the King.
Isabella was crowned Queen of France at Saint Denis on 28 May 1180. As Baldwin V rightly claimed to be a descendant of Charlemagne, the chroniclers of the time saw in this marriage a union of the Carolingian and Capetian dynasties.
The wedding did not please the queen mother, since it had meant the rejection of her nephew and the lessing of influence for her kinsmen. Though she received extravagant praise from certain annalists, she failed to win the affections of Philip due to her inability to provide him with an heir; although she was only 14 years old at the time. Meanwhile, King Philip in 1184, was waging war against Flanders, and angered at seeing Baldwin support his enemies, he called a council at Sens for the purpose of repudiating her. According to Gislebert of Mons, Isabella then appeared barefooted and dressed as a penitent in the town’s churches and thus gained the sympathy of the people. Her appeals angered them so much that they went to the palace and started shouting loud enough to be heard inside.
Robert, the king’s uncle, successfully interposed and no repudiation followed as repudiating her would also have meant the loss of Artois to the French crown.
Finally, on 5 September 1187, she gave birth to the needed heir, the future King Louis VIII of France.
Her second pregnancy was extremely difficult; on 14 March 1190, Isabella gave birth to twin boys named Robert and Philip. Due to complications in childbirth, Isabella died the next day, and was buried in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. She was not quite 20 years old and was mourned for greatly in the capital, since she had been a popular queen.
The twins lived only four days, both having died on 18 March 1190. Her son Louis succeeded her as Count of Artois. Isabella’s dowry of Artois eventually returned to the French Crown following the death of King Philip, when her son Louis became king.
Isabelle De Hainault (1170 – 1190)
Cousin Pamela- I feel sure I descend down through the Holland like you but this is what Ancestry picked. I can do manual descents but they take time. I have asked Ancestry how to get their program to use the descent of my choice but they seem confused when I ask? I worked out this descent years ago. Really need to re-check it. C. Rick
Isabella of Hainault (1170 – 1190)
is your 21st great grandmother
Louis VIII “the Lion”, King of France (1187 – 1226)
son of Isabella of Hainault
Robert I, Count of Artois (1216 – 1249)
son of Louis VIII “the Lion”, King of France
Blanche d’ Artois (1248 – 1302)
daughter of Robert I, Count of Artois
Sir Henry Plantagenet, Earl Lancaster & Leicester, Count of Provence, Lord of Monmouth (1281 – 1345)
son of Blanche d’ Artois
Eleanor of Lancaster Plantagenet (1311 – 1372)
daughter of Sir Henry Plantagenet, Earl Lancaster & Leicester, Count of Provence, Lord of Monmouth
Thomas FitzAlan (1352 – )
son of Eleanor of Lancaster Plantagenet
Katherine FitzAlan (1400 – )
daughter of Thomas FitzAlan
Elisabeth de Bourgogne (1430 – )
daughter of Katherine FitzAlan
John ap Thomas (1460 – 1511)
son of Elisabeth de Bourgogne
Sir Knight Thomas Jones (1492 – 1559)
son of John ap Thomas
Margaret Jones (1532 – 1565)
daughter of Sir Knight Thomas Jones
William Lewis (1561 – 1592)
son of Margaret Jones
Christopher Lewis (1593 – 1673)
son of William Lewis
Sarah Rebecca Lewis* (see ascent pedigree) (1650 – 1724)
daughter of Christopher Lewis
Mary Jones Williams (1679 – 1707)
daughter of Sarah Rebecca Lewis* (see ascent pedigree)
George Dearden (1705 – 1749)
son of Mary Jones Williams
Ann Dearden (1755 – 1781)
daughter of George Dearden
William B. Lucy* (see ascent pedigree) (1779 – 1823)
son of Ann Dearden
Sarah Ann Lucy (1811 – 1866)
daughter of William B. Lucy* (see ascent pedigree)
Burwell Christmas Evans* (see ascent pedigree) (1844 – 1889)
son of Sarah Ann Lucy
Ethel Evans (1887 – 1981)
daughter of Burwell Christmas Evans* (see ascent pedigree)
Ethel Bennett (1917 – 2013)
daughter of Ethel Evans
Frederick Edward Rehfeldt
You are the son of Ethel Bennett –
Those are lovely pictures. I’m descended from Gillaen of the Battle Axe by the way;)