Person:Eléonore of Blois (1)

Eléonore of Blois
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Name Eléonore of Blois
Alt Name Eleonore de Champagne
Alt Name Eleonor de Blois
Alt Name Eleonore DE Blois
Gender Female
Birth[1] 1104
Alt Birth? ABT 1104 Of, Blois, Loir-Et-Cher, France
Marriage 1124-1125 to Ralph I of Vermandois, Count of Vermandois
Alt Death? 14 OCT 1141
Ancestral File Number 8XJ1-5T
Death[1] 1147

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Ralph I of Vermandois (French: Raoul Ier "le Vaillant") (d 14 October 1152) was Count of Vermandois. He was son of Hugh I, Count of Vermandois, and Adelaide, Countess of Vermandois and paternal grandson of Henry I of France and while his mother had been heiress to Herbert IV of Vermandois.

His only paternal uncle was Philip I of France. Through him Raoul was a first cousin of Louis VI of France and a first cousin, once removed of Louis VII of France.

Ralph served as the seneschal of France during the reign of his cousin Louis VII. Under pressure from Queen consort Eleanor of Aquitaine, Louis allowed him to repudiate his wife Eleanor, daughter of Stephen, Count of Blois and Adela of Normandy and sister of the reigning King Stephen of England, in favor of Eleanor of Aquitaine's sister, Petronilla of Aquitaine. This led to a war with Theobald II of Champagne, who was the brother of Ralph's first wife Eleonore. The war lasted two years (1142–44) and ended with the occupation of Champagne by the royal army.

Ralph and Petronilla were excommunicated by Pope Innocent II for a marriage deemed illegitimate, overriding three bishops who had already annulled Ralph's prior marriage. The excommunication was dropped and Ralph's marriage sanctified a year later in 1143 by Pope Celestine II after Innocent died.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Eléonore of Blois, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.