Original coat of arms of the county of Champagne.
Original coat of arms of the county of Champagne.

The count of Champagne was the ruler of the County of Champagne from 950 to 1316. Champagne evolved from the County of Troyes in the late eleventh century and Hugh I was the first to officially use the title count of Champagne.

Count Theobald IV of Champagne inherited the Kingdom of Navarre in 1234. His great-granddaughter Joan married King Philip IV of France. Upon Joan's death in 1305, their son Louis became the last independent count of Champagne, with the title merging into the royal domain upon his accession to the French throne in 1314.

The titular counts of Champagne also inherited the post of seneschal of France.

Counts and dukes of Champagne, Troyes, Meaux and Blois

Dukes of Champagne

Blason région fr Champagne-Ardenne.svg

In Merovingian and Carolingian times, several dukes of Champagne (or Campania) are known. The duchy appears to have been created by combining the civitates of Rheims, Châlons-sur-Marne, Laon, and Troyes. In the late seventh and early eighth centuries, Champagne was controlled by the Pippinids; first by Drogo, son of Pippin of Herstal, and then by Drogo's son Arnulf.

Counts of Meaux and Troyes

Counts of Troyes
Blason ville fr Troyes.svg
Counts of Meaux
Blason ville fr Meaux (Seine-et-Marne).svg
Counts of Troyes and Meaux
Blason ville fr Troyes.svg
Blason ville fr Meaux (Seine-et-Marne).svg
Counts of Troyes
Blason ville fr Troyes.svg
Counts of Meaux and Blois
Blason ville fr Meaux (Seine-et-Marne).svg
Old Arms of Blois.svg

Counts of Champagne

Blason région fr Champagne-Ardenne.svg
Royal Coat of Arms of Navarre (1234 1259-1284).svg
Royal Arms of Navarre (1328-1425).svg

See also

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