Counts and dukes of Valois

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Coat of arms of the counts and dukes of Valois.

The Valois, 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.

The medieval county and duchy of Valois was located in northern France in northeastern Île-de-France. Its capital was Crépy-en-Valois.[1]

Counts of Valois[edit]

  • Pepin I or Pepin, Count of Vermandois and Valois (ca. 886–892), son of Bernard, King of Italy.
  • Pepin II or son of previous, count of Vermandois and Valois.
  • Pepin III son of previous, count of Valois.
  • Adela daughter of previous, countess of Valois, wife of Waleran II (or Gauthier II), count of Vexin and Amiens.

Waleran, count of the Vexin, died 956, became count of Amiens in right of his wife Adela, married 923

To the royal domain in 1076 or 1077.

  • Herbert IV (–1080), Count of Vermandois and also count of Valois by marriage with Adela or Alix, daughter of Raoul II count of Vexin and Valois.
  • Eudes I the Insane (1080–1085), Count of Vermandois and of Valois, son of previous, he was disinheredited by the council of Barons of France and then he was lord of Saint-Simon by marriage.
  • Adelaide sister of previous, countess of Vermandois and Valois, wife of Hugh Magnus.

to the royal domain by king Philip II

Dukes of Valois[edit]

in royal domain
in royal domain
in royal domain


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  1. ^ 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).