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Constance Capet, princess of France, consort of Antioch

French: Constance Capet, princesse de France, consort d'Antioche, Italian: Costanza, principessa di Fracia, consorte d'Antiochia
Also Known As: "Constantia"
Death: September 14, 1126 (43-52)
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Daughter of Philip I, king of France and Bertha of Holland
Wife of Bohemond I of Antioch
Ex-wife of Hugues I, comte de Troyes
Mother of dogaressa Felicita Maria Michiel, of Antioch; Jan Hauteville and Bohemond II of Antioch
Sister of Louis VI the Fat, king of France; Henri de France; Eudes and Charles
Half sister of Philippe de France, comte de Nantes; Fleuri de France, seigneur de Nangis; Cécile de France and Eustachie de France

Occupation: Princess of France, Princess of Antioch (1093-1103), Countess of Champagne (1093 - 1104), Comtesse de Troyes, Duchesse d'Apulée et de Calabre
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About Constance of France, regent of Antioch

Constance of France (1078 – 14 September 1125) was Countess of Troyes from her first marriage and Princess of Antioch from her second marriage. She was regent during the minority of her son. Constance was the eldest of five children and was the only daughter from her father's first marriage. Her brother was Louis VI of France.

  1. First marriage
  2. Second marriage
  3. Widowhood - Constance acted as regent on behalf of her son and took the title of Queen as a daughter of the King of France, but she was imprisoned by Grimoald Alferanites, who proclaimed himself Lord of Bari. Constance was released in 1120 on the intervention of King Roger II of Sicily and the Pope, but in exchange for her release, Constance had to give up the regency over her son. She died on 14 September 1125.
  King Philippe I & his first wife had three children:

1. CONSTANCE de France ([1078]-14 Sep 1126[318]). Orderic Vitalis names "Ludovicum-Tedbaldum et Constantiam" as the children of Philippe I King of France and his wife "Bertrandam, Florentii Frisiorum ducis filiam"[319]. The Historia Regum Francorum Monasterii Sancti Dionysii names "Ludovicum regem et filiam unam Constanciam" as children of "Philippus rex [et] uxorem sororem Roberti Flandrensis comitis", specifying that Constance married firstly "Hugoni Trecharum comiti", from whom she was separated for consanguinity, and secondly "Boamundo apud Carnotho"[320]. Orderic Vitalis records that King Philippe married “Constantiam...filiam suam” firstly to “Hugonis Trecassino comiti” and secondly to “duci Antiochiæ Buamundo apud Carnotum”[321]. "Hugo comes Campanie Teotbaldi comitis filius" donated property to the abbey of Molesme by charter dated 2 Apr 1104, which names "frater meus Odo comes, Constantiam regis Francorum filiam necnon et comitissam Adelaidem uxorem fratris mei comitis Stephani nepotes…" and is subscribed by "Teotbaldus puer filius Stephani comitis nepos huius comitis Hugonis"[322]. William of Tyre names her, and her father, when he records her (second) marriage[323]. Suger's Vita Ludovici records the marriage of "Antiochenum principem Boamundum" and "domini Ludovici…sororem Constantiam" at Chartres, mentioning her previous marriage to "comitem Trecensem Hugonem"[324]. The Lignages d'Outremer name "Costance la fille le roy de Franche" as wife of "Beymont" son of "Robert Guichart qui conquest Puille"[325]. Her second marriage was arranged by Adela Ctss de Blois while Prince Bohémond was in France canvassing support against Byzantium. After her second marriage, she remained with her husband in Apulia and never visited Palestine[326]. She was regent for her son in Italy after the death of her second husband[327]. She claimed the title "Queen" as daughter of the king of France. The Romoaldi Annales record that "regina Constancia" was captured by "comite Alexandro et Grimoaldo Barense in Umenatia civitate" and taken to Bari in Aug, dated to 1119[328]. The Annales Ceccanenses record that "reginam Boamundi" was freed from Bari in 1120, after the intercession of Pope Calixtus II[329].

m firstly ([1093/95], annulled Soissons 25 Dec 1104 on grounds of consanguinity[330]) as his first wife, HUGUES de Blois Comte de Troyes, son of THIBAUT III Comte de Blois & his third wife Alix de Crépy-Valois (-Palestine 14 Jun 1126).

m secondly (Chartres [25 Mar/26 May] 1106) BOHEMOND I Prince of Antioch, son of ROBERT “Guiscard” Duke of Apulia and Calabria [Sicily] & his first wife Alberada di Buonalberga (1052-Canosa di Puglia, Apulia 6/7 Mar 1111, bur Cathedral of Canosa di Puglia).

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