Enguerrand I, Lord of Coucy

Enguerrand I, Lord of Coucy

Enguerrand I (about 1042 - 1116) was the Lord of Coucy from 1080 to 1116.

Enguerrand was a man of many scandals. With the help of the Bishop of Laon he divorced his first wife, Adèle de Marle, for adultery. When he married his next wife, Sibyl of Château-Porcien , she was still married to the Lord of Lorraine who was absent and in a war and she was pregnant by another man. Enguerrand and Sybil's first husband became bitter enemies and continued to fight a private war.

Adèle's son Thomas de Marle hated his father and joined the enemies against his father. Nevertheless, when in 1095 the first crusade started, both he and his son joined in the adventure. Thomas succeeded Enguerrand upon his death.


* Barbara Tuchman. A Distant Mirror. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1978, p 7f.

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