Louis VIII (1187 - 1226), a member of the Capetian dynasty, was King of France from 1223 to 1226. He was born September 5, 1187, in Paris, France, the son of King Philippe II Auguste and Isabelle de Hainaut.
Prince Louis was victorious in the battles against the armies of King John of England. In 1216 the English barons rebelled against the very unpopular King John and offered the throne to Louis. In May of 1216, Prince Louis of France and his army invaded England, but after a year and a half of war, Louis was forced to give up on his desire to become the King of England and signed the Treaty of Lambeth.
Louis succeeded his father on July 14, 1223 and was crowned king on August 6 of the same year in the cathedral at Reims. As king, he was still seeking redemption from the Angevins and seized Poitou and Saintonge from them in 1224. This was followed by the seizure of Avignon and Languedoc.
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