Constance D' ARLES, Queen of France
- Born: Between 987 and 989, Arles, Bouches-Du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, France
- Married: Between Sep 1001 and 25 Aug 1003
- Died: 25 Jul 1032, Château de Melun, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, France
- Buried: église de l'abbaye royale de Saint-Denis, Aude, France
The Historia Francorum names "Constantiam, filiam Guillelmi comitis Arelatensis, natam de Blanca sorore Gaufridi comitis Andegavensis" as wife of King Robert. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines also names "Constantia filia fuit Blanche comitisse Arelatensis" as wife of "Robertus rex". The Chronicon Hugonis names "Constantiam" as wife of "Robertus", specifying that she was "cognatam Hugonis Autisiodorensis episcopi comitis Cabilonensis". This is presumably based on Rodulfus Glaber who states incorrectly that "Constantiam…filiam…prioris Willemi Aquitanie ducis" was wife of King Robert II, specifying that she was "cognatam" of Hugues Comte de Chalon Bishop of Auxerre. The only relationship so far identified between the two is that Constance's maternal uncle, Geoffroy I Comte d'Anjou, was the second husband of the mother of Comte Hugues. Rodulfus Glauber dates her marriage to "about the year 1000". The king attempted to separate from Constance in 1008 in order to take back his second wife, according to Rodulfus Glaber through the influence of "Hugo dictus Beluacensis", but he restored Constance's royal prerogatives end 1009. She opposed her husband's proposal to crown their second son Henri as associate king in 1026, supporting the candidature of her third son Robert. She organised two revolts against King Robert and another against her son King Henri I after his accession.
Rodolfus Glaber records the death of Queen Constance in the same city as her husband [Melun] and in the same month [Jul] in the following year, and her place of burial. The necrology of the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés records the death "XI Kal Aug" of "regina Constancia". The necrology of Argenteuil Priory records the death "VIII Kal Aug" of "Constancia regina". 1
Constance married Robert II "Le Pieux" CAPET, King of France, son of Hugh CAPET, King of France, and Adelais DE POITOU, between Sep 1001 and 25 Aug 1003. (Robert II "Le Pieux" CAPET was born on 27 Mar 972 in Orléans, Loiret, Centre, France, died on 20 Jul 1031 in Melun, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, France and was buried in St. Denis Abbey, St. Denis, Seine, France.)