Person:Henri I de Champagne (1)

Henri Ier "le Libéral" de Champagne
d.16 Mar 1181 Troyes, Aube, France
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Name[4] Henri Ier "le Libéral" de Champagne
Alt Name Henry I , Count of Champagne
Alt Name The Liberal
Gender Male
Alt Birth[2] 1126
Birth[4] dec 1127 Vitry-la-Ville, Marne, France
Title (nobility)[4] 1152 Comte de Champagne et de Brie
Reference Number? Q364517?
Marriage 1164 Franceto Marie de France
Death[1][4] 16 Mar 1181 Troyes, Aube, France

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Henry I of Champagne (December 1127 – March 16, 1181), known as "the Liberal", was count of Champagne from 1152 to 1181. He was the eldest son of Count Thibaut II of Champagne (who was also Count Thibaut IV of Blois) and his wife, Matilda of Carinthia.[1]

Henry took part in the Second Crusade under the leadership of Louis VII of France. He carried a letter of recommendation from Bernard of Clairvaux addressed to Manuel I Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor; he is listed among the notables present at the assembly held by Baldwin III of Jerusalem at Acre on 24 June 1148.

On his father's death, Henry chose to take Champagne, leaving the family's older holdings (including Blois, Chartres, Sancerre, and Châteaudun) to his younger brothers. At the time this may have been surprising, for the other territories were richer and better developed. Henry must have foreseen the economic possibilities of Champagne, and it is during his rule that the county achieved its high place as one of the richest and strongest of the French principalities.

Henry established orderly rule over the nobles of Champagne, and could fairly reliably count on the aid of some 2,000 vassals, which just by itself made him a power few in France could equal. This order in turn made Champagne a safe place for merchants to gather, and under the count's protection the Champagne Fairs became a central part of long-distance trade and finance in medieval Europe.

In addition, the count's court in Troyes became a renowned literary center. Walter Map was among those who found hospitality there. The scholar Stephen of Alinerre was among Henry's courtiers, becoming chancellor of the county in 1176.

In 1179 Henry went to Jerusalem again with a party of French knights including his relatives Peter of Courtenay (brother of Louis VII) and Philip of Dreux, bishop of Beauvais. Henry returned towards Europe by the land route across Asia Minor, and was captured and held to ransom by Kilij Arslan II, Seljuk sultan of Rüm.[2] The ransom was paid by the Byzantine Emperor[2] and Henry returned to Champagne by May 1181.[3] Henry would later die, 16 March 1181.

In 1164, Henry married Marie of France, daughter of Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine.[1]

They had four children:

He was succeeded by their eldest son Henry. After Henry became king of Jerusalem, the younger son Theobald became count.

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  2. Henri I 'the Liberal', Comte de Champagne et Brie, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3.   HENRI de Blois, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Biographie en Wikipedia FR, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, [[1]], trouvée 2015, Secondary quality.

    Henri Ier le Libéral, né en décembre 1127 à Vitry, et mort le 16 mars 1181 à Troyes, est comte de Champagne et de Brie de 1152 à 1181, le fils aîné du comte Thibaut IV le Grand et de Mathilde de Carinthie.