Philip II of France

Monarch

1165 – 1223

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Who was Philip II of France?

Philip II Augustus was the King of France from 1180 to 1223, and the first to be called by that title. His predecessors had been known as Roi des Francs but from 1190 onward Philip was known as ''Roi de France''. A member of the House of Capet, Philip Augustus was born at Gonesse in the Val-d'Oise, the son of Louis VII and of his third wife, Adela of Champagne. He was originally nicknamed Dieudonné because he was the first son of Louis VII late in his father's life.

Philip was one of the most successful medieval French monarchs in expanding the royal demesne and the influence of the monarchy. He broke up the great Angevin Empire and defeated a coalition of his rivals at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214. He reorganized the government, bringing financial stability to the country and thus making possible a sharp increase in prosperity. His reign was popular with ordinary people because he checked the power of the nobles and passed some of it on to the growing middle class.

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Born
Aug 21, 1165
Gonesse
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Nationality
  • France
Died
Jul 14, 1223
Mantes-la-Jolie
Resting place
Basilica of St Denis

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on July 23, 2013

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