Person:Ralph de Vermandois (1)

Ralph I of Vermandois, Count of Vermandois
b.est 1088
d.14 Oct 1152
Facts and Events
Name Ralph I of Vermandois, Count of Vermandois
Alt Name Raoul I de Vermandois
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] est 1088
Marriage 1124-1125 to Eléonore of Blois
Marriage 1142 to Petronilla , of Aquitaine
Marriage 1152 to Laurette of Flanders
Death[1] 14 Oct 1152
Reference Number[1] Q947423?
Burial[2] Crépy-en-Valois, Oise, FranceSaint Arnould

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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 1.2 Ralph I, Count of Vermandois, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 RAOUL [I] "le Vaillant" de Vermandois ([1094]-13 Oct 1152, bur St Arnould in Crépy)., in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  3. Birth year esimated earlier than estimated by Cawley and later than in Wikipedia, based on estimated birth years of siblings.