Constance of France, Countess of Toulouse - Second Marriage

Second Marriage

In 1154, Constance remarried after being a widow for a year. She married Raymond V, Count of Toulouse, being his first wife.

Raymond was implicated in the Cathar crisis. In 1176, Guilhem, the Bishop of Albi organized the council of Lombers, attended by both clerics and princes, including Raymond of Trencavel, Raymond V, and Constance, and the representatives of the Cathars. The crisis later led to the Albigensian Crusade.

Raymond and Constance had five children together, they were:

  1. Raymond VI, who succeeded his father
  2. Aubri, died 1180
  3. Adelaide or Azalais of Toulouse, who married Roger II Trencavel in 1171 and died in 1199
  4. Baldwin, born 1165, executed on the orders of Raymond VI in 1214
  5. Laura died 1230 married Odo of Comminger d.1215

Because Raymond was related to Constance within prohibited degrees, they were separated by ecclesiastical authority in 1165. Raymond later married Richeza of Poland, who had been widowed twice before.

Constance died in 1176, aged 51–52 by which time her brother, Louis was King of France.

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