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Catherine I, Latin Empress

Catherine I, Latin Empress

Emperor of latin constantinople
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Intro Emperor of latin constantinople
Gender female
Birth November 25, 1274
Death October 11, 1307 (Paris, Île-de-France, France)
Mother: Beatrice of Sicily, Latin Empress
Father: Philip I, Latin Emperor
Spouse: Charles, Count of Valois
Children: Catherine II, Latin EmpressJoan of Valois, Countess of Beaumont
Catherine I, Latin Empress
The details

Catherine I, also Catherine of Courtenay (25 November 1274 – 11 October 1307), was the recognised Latin Empress of Constantinople from 1283 to 1307, although she lived in exile and only held authority over Crusader States in Greece. In 1301, she became the second wife of Charles of Valois, by whom she had one son and three daughters; the eldest of these, Catherine II of Valois, Princess of Achaea succeeded her as titular empress.


She was born on 25 November 1274, the only daughter and heir of the titular Emperor of Constantinople Philip I of Courtenay by Beatrice of Sicily.

Upon her father's death on 15 December 1283, Catherine inherited his claims to the Latin throne of Constantinople and was recognized as empress by the Latin states in Greece, despite the city having been re-taken by the Empire of Nicaea in 1261.

Catherine was betrothed to three men she never married, including James of Majorca. On 28 February 1301 at the Priory of St. Cloud near Paris, she became the second wife of Count Charles of Valois, son of King Philip III of France. On 23 April 1301, Charles became titular emperor with Catherine until her death in Paris on 11 October 1307 at the age of 32. She was buried at the abbey of Maubuisson the following day, 12 October. Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar served as one of her pallbearers.


By Charles of Valois, Catherine I had four children:


Catherine I, Latin Empress
House of Courtenay
Cadet branch of the Capetian Dynasty
Born: 25 November 1274 Died: 11 October 1307
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Philip of Courtenay
Latin Empress of Constantinople

with Charles, Count of Valois (1301–1307)
Succeeded by
Catherine of Valois
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