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Conference at Montmirail. Epiphany Day 1169

Just a short note today, but the one that cannot be missed. On Epiphany Day 1169 Henry the Young King's father and Louis II of France held a conference at Montmirail, a town of Maine, near to the French frontier. Henry II’s three eldest sons were there, as well as Louis’s beloved Dieu-Donne [the God given] Philip [later Augustus]

According to the treaty the English princes were to hold respectively: the young Henry Normandy, Brittany, Anjou and Maine, Richard Poitou and Guienne, Geoffrey Brittany under his brother Henry. It was also agreed that Richard would marry Alais, Louis's second daughter by his late wife Constance of Castile. Alais was the young Henry's sister-in-law. Furthermore king Louis, the young Henry's father-in-law bestowed upon him the post of Seneschal of France, previously held by Theobald of Blois (the same year, on 2 February Henry, in person, would be attending Louis's table and performing his duties as required by the new position).

The next day saw the young Henry and Richard doing homage to Louis, as well as the three papal envoys* delivering to king Henry the papal letter of May, 1168, in which the Pope exhorted him to reconcile with Thomas Becket, the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury. The latter appeared before the gathering, throwing himself on the king's mercy at first, but later stubbornly insisting on "certain salvos about the dignity of his Church” and the "Honour of God” (Eyton, p.119). The negotiations broke off. King Henry left the meeting angry and king Louis, so far Becket's staunch supporter, became estranged from him for a few days.



* The envoys were: Simon, Prior of Mont Dieu, Bernard de Corilo, Monk of Granmont and Engelbert, Prior of Val St.Pierre (Eyton)






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  1. Hi Kasia

    How are you? I hope you're enjoying Sons! Its interesting to know what Henry and his brothers were doing on this day. Have shared everywhere!

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    1. Thank you, dear Paula! Happy New Year to you and your family! I was going to write during Christmas break, but we had this strong wind called "halny" that ravaged the south of Poland and caused electricity and Internet problems.

      I consider myself highly privileged every time I come across the info concerning Henry's whereabouts, exact dates being so very precious!

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  2. Carving up the empire.......

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  3. Exactly, Anerje! Such a shame it all came to naught in the end. But it was doomed from the very begining, I daresay- too vast an area to be kept together for long plus Henry II's reluctance to share power and responsiblity with his sons.

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  4. Yeah I agree - the Empire was just too big for one ruler. It's a shame it broke up the way it did. Again it's one of those instances in history where we think what would have happened if Henry II had shared power with his sons.

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  5. I like to imagine the scenario you've mentioned :-)

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