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Death of Frankish King Louis VII of France

Louis VII of France, King of the Franks

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Louis VII of France, King of the Franks, dies in Saint-Pont, Allier, at he age of 60.

Under the influence of Bernard of Clairveaux, who had been preaching the merits and necessity of a Crusade while at Vézelay, Louis VII was the first to announce his participation in the Second Crusade. It was a complete disaster.

In 1148, Louis had to flee the Middle East entirely, leaving behind his own forces in Attalia (a city on the coast of southwestern Turkey). Muslims quickly descended upon the abandoned soldiers and killed nearly every Frenchman there.

The great failures of Louis VII in the Crusades led to an annulment of his marriage to Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, heiress of William X of Aquitaine. She then married Henry, Count of Anjou, the future Henry II of England and gives birth to a son, Richard the Lionheart.

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