Thursday, September 30, 2004

France, History Of, Louis VIII

The reign of Louis VIII (ruled 1223 - 26) had an importance out of proportion to its brevity. It was he (this frail husband of the formidable Blanche of Castile and father of famous sons) who first brought Languedoc under the crown of France and who inaugurated the appanages - grants of patrimonial land to members of the royal family or royal favourites - thereby creating a familial

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