Peter I of Courtenay

Peter I of Courtenay (September 1126 – 10 April 1183) was the youngest son of Louis VI of France and his second wife, Adélaide de Maurienne.[1] He was the father of the Latin Emperor Peter II of Courtenay.[1]

Peter dressed like a warrior in chain mail, from a medieval illuminated manuscript
DiedAcre, Palestine
SpouseElizabeth de Courtenay
IssuePhillip de Courtenay
Peter II de Courtenay
Alice de Courtenay
Eustachia de Courtenay
Clémence de Courtenay
Robert de Courtenay
William de Courtenay
Isabella de Courtenay
Constance de Courtenay
FatherLouis VI of France
MotherAdélaide de Maurienne
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Peter was born in France and died in Palestine. In about 1150, he married Elizabeth de Courtenay (1127 – September 1205), the daughter of Renaud de Courtenay and Hawise du Donjon, thus starting the Capetian line of the House of Courtenay.[2]

Rumor has it that he is buried in a tomb in the floor of Exeter Cathedral, next to Elizabeth, however no physical evidence currently exists and the Historians at the Cathedral can find no documentation to support this rumor. The couple had ten children:


  1. Vincent 1999, p. 175.
  2. Vincent 1999, p. 201-202.
  3. Perry 2013, p. 13.
  4. Mosley 2003, p. 1112.


  • Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Burke's Peerage. ISBN 0971196621.
  • Perry, Guy (2013). John of Brienne: King of Jerusalem, Emperor of Constantinople, c.1175-1237. Cambridge University Press.
  • Vincent, Nicholas (1999). "Isabella of Angouleme:John's Jezebel". In Church, S. D. (ed.). King John: New Interpretations. The Boydell Press.

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