He was the second son of King Philippe IV and Jeanne of Navarre. Philippe became regent for his infant nephew King Jean I, and when Jean lived only a few days, he proclaimed himself king. There was much speculation that Philippe was responsible for the infant king's demise.
In 1307 he was married to Jeanne de Bourgogne (daughter and heiress of Otto IV, count of Burgundy) and they had three daughters:
In 1320, Philippe V managed to expand his territory at the expense of Flanders as a result of war. On domestic matters, King Philippe attempted to institute government reforms and worked to standardize weights and measures.
King Philippe V died at Longchamp, Paris and is interred in Saint Denis Basilica.
Without a male heir, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Charles IV.
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