A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

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Who was Louis's second wife?

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1. After Eleanor of Aquitane divorced Louis, he married Constance of Spain. They had a daughter together, which was not satisfactory because Louis needed a male heir. Their second child was also a girl.

2. Since Louis had no male heir, he need to engage his daughter Marguerite to someone of royal blood with great power. That was Henry II and Eleanor's son young Henry. The requirements were that the castles of the Vexin be held by the Knights Templar and that Marguerite not be raised by Eleanor. Instead, the young girl and her betrothed would be raised by Thomas Becket.

3. Louis's third wife, after Constance died, was Adele of Champagne.

4. Their son together was Phillip who would later take the throne on Louis's death.

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