Louis VI "le Gros" CAPET, King of France
- Born: Between Oct 1081 and Dec 1081, Paris, Île-de-France, France
- Married (1): Abt 25 Mar 1115, Paris, Île-de-France, France
- Died: 1 Aug 1137, Château de Béthizy, Paris, Île-de-France, France
- Buried: église de l'Abbaye royale de Saint-Denis, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Orderic Vitalis names "Ludovicum-Tedbaldum et Constantiam" as the children of Philippe I King of France and his wife "Bertrandam, Florentii Frisiorum ducis filiam". 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". The early 12th century Vita Sancti Arnulfi Bishop of Soissons by Hariulf records Louis's birth in 1081. This date is corroborated by the Chronicon S. Petri Catalaunensis which records that Louis was 26 years old when his father died in 1108. His father installed him as Comte du Vexin, de Mantes et de Pontoise in 1092. He lived away from court after the repudiation of his mother.
Associate-king 1098/1100, elected rex designatus by an assembly of nobles and bishops but not crowned. His father transferred effective governing power to him in 1101, investing him as Comte de Vermandois between 1101 and 1105.
Betrothed (1104, annulled Council of Troyes 23 May 1107 on grounds of consanguinity) to Lucienne de Rochefort, daughter of Guy II "le Rouge" de Rochefort Seigneur de Rochefort-en-Yvelines & his second wife Adelais de Crécy dame de Gournay-sur-Marne. This betrothal is recorded by Orderic Vitalis, who calls her "Luciana", names her father and specifies that she later married "Guiscardo de Bello Loco". Suger's Vita Ludovici records the betrothal of "filius dominus Ludovicus" and "filiam Guidonis [comitis de Rupe Forti]" and their separation on grounds of consanguinity...
He succeeded his father in 1108 as LOUIS VI "le Gros" King of France. According to Luchaire, the nickname "le Gros", while not contemporary, was first applied to him as early as the 12th century, including in a fragmentary manuscript which records that "Rex Francorum Ludovicus Grossus" built several churches in 1112. He was consecrated 3 Aug 1108, at the Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orléans. Suger's Vita Ludovici records his coronation at Orléans by "Senonensis archiepiscopus Daimbertus". In 1119, Louis VI took Cluny and all its dependent priories under his protection, acquiring in return the right to build castles on their lands with the permission of the abbot of Cluny. He transferred effective power to his son at Châteauneuf-sur-Loire 28 Oct 1135, due to ill health.
Suger's Vita Ludovici records the death of King Louis VI "Kal Aug" aged about sixty years old and his burial "ad ecclesiam sanctorum Martyrum". The necrology of the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés records the death "Kal Aug" of "Ludovicus rex Francorum". The necrology of the abbey of Saint-Denis records the death "Kal Aug" of "Ludovicus…Francorum rex". 1
Louis married Adélaide DU MAURIENNE, daughter of Humbert II "le Renforcé" DE SAVOIE Comte de Maurienne & Aosta and Gisele DE BOURGOGNE, about 25 Mar 1115 in Paris, Île-de-France, France. (Adélaide DU MAURIENNE was born about 1092, died on 18 Nov 1154 and was buried in église abbatiale de Saint-Pierre, Montmartre, Paris, France.)