Peter I of Courtenay

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Peter, dressed like a warrior in chain mail, from a medieval illuminated manuscript.

Peter I of Courtenay (September 1126 – 10 April 1183) was the youngest son of Louis VI of France and his second queen consort, Adélaide de Maurienne. He was the father of the Latin Emperor Peter II of Courtenay.

Peter was born in France and died in Palestine. He married Elizabeth de Courtenay (1127 – September 1205), the daughter of Renauld de Courtenay and Hawise du Donjon, thus starting the Capetian line the of the House of Courtenay.

He is buried in a tomb in the floor of Exeter Cathedral, next to Elizabeth. The couple had ten children:

  • Phillip (1153 – before 1186)
  • Peter, Latin Emperor of Constantinople (c. 1155 to 1218)
  • Unnamed daughter (c. 1156 – ?)
  • Alice (died 12 February 1218), married Count Aymer of Angoulême
  • Eustachia (1162–1235), married William of Brienne, son of Erard II of Brienne and of Agnès of Montfaucon
  • Clémence (1164 – ?)
  • Robert, Seigneur of Champignelles (1166–1239), married in 1217 Mathilde of Mehun (d. 1240). Their eldest son was Peter of Courtenay, Lord of Conches.
  • William, Seigneur of Tanlay (1168 – before 1248)
  • Isabella (1169 – after 1194)
  • Constance (after 1170–1231)