Constance of France, Countess of Toulouse
|Countess consort of Boulogne and Toulouse|
|Spouse||Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne
Raymond V, Count of Toulouse
|Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse
Azalais of Toulouse
Aubri of Toulouse
Baldwin of Toulouse
Laura of Toulouse
|House||House of Capet|
|Father||Louis VI of France|
|Mother||Adélaide de Maurienne|
|Died||c. 1176 (aged 51–52)|
In 1140, Constance married Eustace IV, Count of Boulogne. Eustace was knighted in 1147, at which date he was probably from sixteen to eighteen years of age. In 1151 he joined Constance's brother, Louis in an abortive raid upon Normandy, which had accepted the title of the Empress Matilda (another of many Matildas of the era), and was now defended by her husband, Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou.
The couple had no children and Eustace died in 1153, aged between 17–26.
In 1154, Constance remarried after being a widow for a year. She married Raymond V, Count of Toulouse, being his first wife.
Raymond was implicated in the Cathar crisis. In 1176, Guilhem, the Bishop of Albi organized the council of Lombers, attended by both clerics and princes, including Raymond of Trencavel, Raymond V, and Constance, and the representatives of the Cathars. The crisis later led to the Albigensian Crusade.
Raymond and Constance had five children together, they were:
- Raymond VI, who succeeded his father
- Aubri, died 1180
- Adelaide or Azalais of Toulouse, who married Roger II Trencavel in 1171 and died in 1199
- Baldwin, born 1165, executed on the orders of Raymond VI in 1214
- Laura died 1230 married Odo of Comminger d.1215
Because Raymond was related to Constance within prohibited degrees, they were separated by ecclesiastical authority in 1165. Raymond later married Richeza of Poland, who had been widowed twice before.
|Ancestors of Constance of France, Countess of Toulouse|