Lords of Coucy

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De Coucy arms: Barry of six, vair and gules (Fascé de vair et de gueules de six pièces)[1]

The Lords of Coucy (French: Sires de Coucy),[2] also spelt Couci, were a medieval lordship based on the barony of Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique, in Picardy. The château de Coucy was founded by Herve, archbishop of Rheims, and remained under the fluctuating control of these archbishops for some time until probably the later part of the 10th century.[3] The exact status of Coucy becomes obscure for nearly a century before the emergence of Lord Aubrey, Earl of Northumbria. Though the Lords of Coucy were entitled to the title of baron, they preferred the rarer Sire.[4]

The lords of Coucy become, especially in the 13th century, one of the most powerful sub-comital magnates in western Europe and forged links with royal families, such as those of France, England, Scotland and Austria. The title was eventually absorbed at the end of the 14th century by Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans.

List of known lords of Coucy[edit]

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  1. ^ Métais, Charles (1909). Archives du diocèse de Chartres (in French). C. Métais. p. 375. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ Roger, Paul (1843). Noblesse et chevalerie du comté de Flandre, d'Artois et de Pacardie (in French). Duval et Herment. p. 38. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Melleville, Maximilien. Histoire de la ville et des sires de Coucy-le-Château (in French). p. 16. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ Froissart, Jean (1832). Historical notice of the reign of Bajazet I. The siege of Nicopolis. Historical notice of the (second) house of Burgundy. The last days of Charles the Bold. H. Colburn. p. 103. Retrieved 10 May 2018.