A member of the Capetian Dynasty, Philippe was born on May 23, 1052, the son of Henri I (1008-1060) and Princess Anne of Kiev, Russia (1024 - 1075). Although he was crowned king at the age of seven, until 1066 his mother acted as Regent, the first queen ever to do so.
Philippe's first marriage was to Bertha of Holland (1055-July 30, 1094). Their children were:
It was during Philippe's time that the first of the Crusades was launched in 1095 which he at first did not personally support because of his conflict with Urban II. Urban would not have allowed him to participate anyway, as he had reaffirmed Philippe's excommunication at the Council of Clermont before he called for the Crusade. Philippe's brother Hugh of Vermandois, however, was a major participant.
King Philippe I died in the castle at Melun on July 29, 1108 and was buried at the monastery of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire.
He was succeeded by his son, Louis VI.
(Anne of Kiev)
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