Counts and dukes of Valois

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Coat of arms of the counts and dukes of Valois.

The Valois ( /ˈvælwɑː/ VAL-wah, [1] [2] also US: /vælˈwɑː, vɑːlˈwɑː/ va(h)l-WAH, [3] [4] French:  [valwa] ; originally Pagus Valensis) was a region in the valley of the Oise river in Picardy in the north of France. It was a fief in West Francia and subsequently the Kingdom of France until its counts furnished a line of kings, House of Valois, to succeed the House of Capet in 1328. It was, along with the counties of Beauvais, the Vexin, Vermandois, and Laon, part of the "Oise line" of fiefdom which were held often by one individual or by an individual family as a string of defences against Viking assault on Paris.

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Picardy Region of France

Picardy is a historical territory and a former administrative region of France. Since 1 January 2016, it has been part of the new region of Hauts-de-France. It is located in the northern part of France.


The medieval county and duchy of Valois was located in northern France in northeastern Île-de-France. Its capital was Crépy-en-Valois. [5]

Duchy Territory, fief, or domain ruled by, or representing the title of, a duke or duchess

A duchy, or dukedom, is a country, territory, fief, or domain ruled by a duke or duchess, a high-ranking nobleman hierarchically second to the king or queen in European tradition. The term is used almost exclusively in Europe, where in the present day there is no sovereign duchy left.

Île-de-France, often called the région parisienne due to containing the city of Paris, is north-central and the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It covers 12,012 square kilometres, or two percent of the national territory, and has official estimated population of 12,213,364 as of January 1, 2019, or 18.2% of the population of France. The region accounts for nearly 30 percent of the French Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Crépy-en-Valois Commune in Hauts-de-France, France

Crépy-en-Valois is a commune in the Oise department in northern France. It is located in the Paris Metropolitan Area, 57.8 km (35.9 mi) northeast of the center of Paris.

Counts of Valois

Carolingian counts

Pepin II Quentin was the count of Vermandois, lord of Senlis, Péronne, and Saint Quentin. He was the son of King Bernard of Italy and his Queen, Cunigunda of Laon. He supported Emperor Lothar after the death of Emperor Louis the Pious, despite having sworn allegiance to Charles the Bald.

Bernard of Italy King of the Lombards

Bernard was the King of the Lombards from 810 to 818. He plotted against his uncle, Emperor Louis the Pious, when the latter's Ordinatio Imperii made Bernard a vassal of his cousin Lothair. When his plot was discovered, Louis had him blinded, a procedure which killed him.

Pepin III, Count of Vermandois was a Frankish noble; the Count of Senlis and Count of Vermandois ; Lord of Valois, and later Count of Valois(886 – 893). He was a son of Pepin, Count of Vermandois and Valois and thus a grandson of Bernard of Italy, who was himself a grandson of Charlemagne. The brothers of Pepin III were Herbert I, Count of Vermandois and Bernard II, Count of Laon.

Counts of disputed origin

The County of Amiens was a feudal state centred on the city of Amiens, northern France. In 1185 the county was united with the French crown under King Philip II of France.

Ralph III was the count of Valois from his father's death until his own. He was the second son of Walter II, count of Valois, Vexin and Amiens, and his wife Adela. His father died between 1017 and 1024, leaving Vexin and Amiens to Ralph's older brother Drogo of Mantes.

Ralph IV of Valois Count of Valois

Ralph IV was a northern French nobleman who amassed an extensive array of lordships lying in a crescent around the Île-de-France from the border of the Duchy of Normandy in the northwest to Champagne in the southeast.

Vermandois Carolingian counts

The Count of Vermandois was the ruler of the county of Vermandois.

Adele of Valois French noble woman

Adele of Valois was a daughter of Ralph IV of Valois and Adele of Bar-sur-Aube.

Odo I or Eudes I, called the Insane, was Count of Vermandois and Valois from 1080 to 1085 and ruler of Saint-Simon from 1085. The last Carolingian male, he was the only son of Herbert IV of Vermandois and Adele of Valois, daughter of Raoul III of Valois and Adele of Bar-sur-Aube.

Capetian counts

Henry I of France 11th-century King of France

Henry I was King of the Franks from 1031 to 1060, the third from the House of Capet. The royal demesne of France reached its smallest size during his reign, and for this reason he is often seen as emblematic of the weakness of the early Capetians. This is not entirely agreed upon, however, as other historians regard him as a strong but realistic king, who was forced to conduct a policy mindful of the limitations of the French monarchy.

Anne of Kiev 11th-century Kievan princess and queen of France

Anne of Kiev, also known as Anna Yaroslavna, Anne of Rus, Anne de Russie, or Agnes de Russie, was the queen consort of Henry I of France. She later served as regent during the minority of her son Philip I of France. Anne founded the Abbey of St. Vincent at Senlis.

Petronilla of Aquitaine was the second daughter of William X of Aquitaine and Aenor of Châtellerault. She was the elder sister of William Aigret and the younger sister of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was Queen consort of France, later England. She is variously called Alix and Petronilla; she typically went by Alix after her marriage, while Petronilla seems to have been her childhood name.

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Valois counts

Dukes of Valois

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  2. "Valois". Oxford Dictionaries . Oxford University Press . Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  3. "Valois". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. "Valois". Merriam-Webster Dictionary . Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  5. Mish, Frederick C., Editor in Chief. “Valois.” Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary . 9th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1985. ISBN   0-87779-508-8, ISBN   0-87779-509-6 (indexed), and ISBN   0-87779-510-X (deluxe).

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