Peter of Courtenay, Lord of Conches

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Peter of Courtenay, Lord of Conches

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Pierre of Courtenay, in a 13th century stained glass window in the Chartres Cathedral
Died 1249 or 1250
Egypt, probably Damietta or Al Mansourah
Noble family Capetian House of Courtenay
Spouse(s) Pétronille of Joigny


Father Robert of Courtenay
Mother Matilda of Mehun

Peter of Courtenay (French : Pierre de Courtenay (c.1218 1249 or 1250 in Egypt) was a French knight and a member of the Capetian House of Courtenay, a cadet line of the royal House of Capet. From 1239 until his death, he was the ruling Lord of Conches-en-Ouche and Mehun-sur-Yèvre.

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

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Capetian House of Courtenay noble family

The Capetian House of Courtenay, also known simply as the House of Courtenay, was a royal house and cadet branch of the direct House of Capet. Founded by Peter I of Courtenay, a son of Louis VI of France, the family drew its name from the lordship of Courtenay, to which Peter's wife was heiress.

He was the eldest of five sons of Robert of Courtenay, Lord of Champignelles († 1239), and his wife Matilda of Mehun. From his parents he inherited the castle of Conches and Mehun. On 25 August 1248, he sailed with his cousin, King Louis IX of France, from Aigues-Mortes to Egypt to fight the Seventh Crusade, during which he died.

Robert of Courtenay, born was lord of Champignelles and grandson of Louis VI of France.

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Most historians think he died during the battle for the city of Al Mansurah on 8 February 1250. On that day, Count Robert I of Artois led a vanguard of Crusaders in a spontaneous attack on the city. The vanguard was caught in a trap set by the defending Mamluks and all attackers were killed. However, the chronicler Jean de Joinville maintains Peter of Courtenay died on an earlier date. After the conquest of the Egytion port city of Damietta in June 1249, a large part of the crusader army camped outside the city wall, until they were ready to march to Al Mansurah in the autumn. The Sultan of Egypt offered a reward of one gold solidus for the head of each crusader. During the night, Saracens would sneak into the Crusader camp, kill sleeping Crusaders in their tents, and steal their severed heads. According to Joinville, Peter of Courtenay was the victim of one such attack. [1] However, Joinville may be mistaken. One should consider that he wrote his chronicle decades after the fact, and that Peter de Courtenay is mentioned twice later in the chronicle, in connection with the Battle of Al Mansurah. [2] [3]

Robert I, Count of Artois French noble

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Jean de Joinville French chronicler

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Damietta City in Egypt

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Marriage and issue

Peter was married to Pétronille (d.1289), a daughter of Gaucher of Joigny and Amicie de Montfort. They had one child:

Amicie of Courtenay (1250–1275) was a French noblewoman and a member of the Capetian House of Courtenay, a cadet line of the House of Capet.

Suo jure is a Latin phrase, used in English to mean "in his/her own right".

Robert II, Count of Artois Count of Artois

Robert II was the Count of Artois, the posthumous son and heir of Robert I and Matilda of Brabant. He was a nephew of Louis IX of France. He died at the Battle of the Golden Spurs.

Pétronille remarried in 1252 to Henry II de Sully (d. 1269).


  1. Jean de Joinville: Chronicle, part II, §7, ed. by Ethel Wedgwood, 1906
  2. Jean de Joinville: Chronicle, , part II, §9-10, ed. by Ethel Wedgwood, 1906
  3. It is possible that Joinville confused Peter with his cousin Guillaume de Courtenay, Lord of Yerre, who also participated in the Seventh Crusade, and survived (see Histoire généalogique de la maison de France, p. 517)
Peter of Courtenay, Lord of Conches
Born:c.1218 Died: 1249 or 1250
Preceded by
Robert I
Lord of Conches-en-Ouche
Succeeded by
Robert II
jure uxoris
Lord of Mehun-sur-Yèvre

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