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Old 02-06-2016, 01:55 AM
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Louis VII divorced his first 2 wives (first being Eleanor of Aquitane) ...

His son Philip II had an interesting second marriage. After his first wife died he married Ingeborg of Denmark but he suddenly decided on their wedding night he didn't want to be married. He tried claiming they hadn't consummated but Ingeborg staunchly argued they had and the church supported her. He also tried to claim they were cousins, which was disproven. It took years for him to get an annulment. ..
Actually I don't think Philip II ever managed to have his marriage to Ingeborg of Denmark annulled. Despite keeping her locked away and Philip II's repeated attempts to annul the marriage and the fact that he 'married' Agnes of Merania in 1196, and had children by Agnes, the Pope refused to annul Phillip II's marriage to Ingeborg, and ultimately forced Philip II to put aside Agnes and recognize Ingeborg as his wife in 1200, but Philip II reneged. Agnes died in 1201, and finally in 1213, Philip II recognized Ingeborg as his wife.
The fascinating part of the whole saga was that Agnes was not Philip's first choice to replace Ingeborg - his bride was supposed to be Margaret of Geneva, but on her way to her wedding to Philip II in 1195, Thomas of Savoy kidnapped her claiming Philip wasn't free to marry as he was still married to Ingeborg.
Thomas of Savoy married Margaret of Geneva himself and they had 14 children. Their daughter Beatrice of Savoy was the mother of 4 Queens, including Queen Margaret of France (wife of Louis IX) and Queen Eleanor of England (wife of Henry III.)
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:26 PM
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Louis VII divorced his first 2 wives (first being Eleanor of Aquitane)
Louis VII didn't divorce his second wife Constance of Castile, as she died giving birth to her second daughter Alys. The king waited just five weeks before getting remarried.
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Louis XI may have only divorced/annuelled one but his annulment could rival any modern scandal. Failing on other grounds, he claimed his wife was hideously malformed and was unable to bed her. And further that she performed witch craft. She had witnesses to prove he was wrong, but the Pope had more to gain from supporting the king and granted it. His wife would later be canonized.
Louis XI was the father of Joan of Valois, who later became canonized, her husband was Louis XII, whose third wife was Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII.

Two other marriages that ended in divorce in the French royal history are the ill-fated marriage between Henry (IV) of Navarre and Margaret of Valois, the daughter of Catherine de Medici, and sister to three French kings. Their wedding festivities are most known for the St Bartholomew's Days Massacre.

The second marriage ending in a divorce was between Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, his second marriage with Marie Louise of Austria ended with separation, not a divorce.
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Since Henri IV became a Catholic I'd assume his marriage to Marguerite de Valois was annulled, not ended in divorce.
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