|Margaret of France|
Margaret and her brother, Philip II of France
|Junior queen consort of England|
|Tenure||27 August 1172 – 11 June 1183|
|Coronation||27 August 1172 (Winchester Cathedral)|
|Queen consort of Hungary and Croatia|
|Died||18 September 1197|
St John of Acre
Cathedral of Tyre
|Spouse||Henry the Young King|
Béla III of Hungary
|Father||Louis VII of France|
|Mother||Constance of Castile|
Margaret of France (French: Marguerite, Hungarian: Margit; 1158 – 18 September 1197) was queen of England by marriage to Henry the Young King, and queen of Hungary and Croatia by marriage to Béla III of Hungary.
She was betrothed to Henry the Young King on 2 November 1160. Henry was the second of five sons born to King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was five years old at the time of this agreement while Margaret was about two. Margaret's dowry was the vital and much disputed territory of Vexin.
Margaret's husband became co-ruler with his father in 1170. Because Archbishop Thomas Becket was in exile, Margaret was not crowned along with her husband on 14 July 1170. This omission and the coronation being handled by a surrogate greatly angered her father. To please the French King, Henry II had his son and Margaret crowned together in Winchester Cathedral on 27 August 1172. When Margaret became pregnant, she held her confinement in Paris, where she gave birth prematurely to their only son William on 19 June 1177, who died three days later on 22 June. She had no further children.
Margaret was accused in 1182 of having a love affair with William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, although contemporary chroniclers doubted the truth of these accusations. Henry may have started the process to have their marriage annulled ostensibly due to her adultery, but in reality, because she could not have children. Margaret was sent back to France, according to E. Hallam (The Plantagenets) and Amy Kelly (Eleonore of Aquitaine and the Four Kings), to ensure her safety during the civil war with Young Henry's brother Richard the Lionheart. Her husband died in 1183 while on campaign in the Dordogne region of France. The coronet he and she would have worn was chronicled in about 1218 as "the traditional ring-of-roses coronet of the house of Anjou". Margaret may have taken her coronet to Hungary in 1186 when she married King Bela III. A ring-of-roses coronet was discovered in a convent grave in Budapest in 1838, which may be the same one.
She was widowed for a second time in 1196 and died on pilgrimage to the Holy Land at St John of Acre in 1197, having only arrived eight days prior to her death.[a] She was buried at the Cathedral of Tyre, according to Ernoul, the chronicler who continued the chronicles of William of Tyre.
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Margaret of France, Queen of England and Hungary
Cadet branch of the Robertian dynastyBorn: 1157 Died: 1197
Eleanor of Aquitaine
as sole consort
| Queen consort of the English
27 August 1172 – 11 June 1183
Served alongside: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine
as sole consort
Title last held byAgnes of Antioch
| Queen consort of Hungary
1186 – 1196
Title next held byConstance of Aragon
Categories: English royal consorts | 1158 births | 1197 deaths | French princesses | Duchesses of Normandy | Countesses of Anjou | Countesses of Maine | House of Capet | House of Plantagenet | House of Árpád | Hungarian queens consort | 12th-century French people | 12th-century English people | 12th-century Hungarian people | 12th-century French women | 12th-century English women | 12th-century Hungarian women | Henry the Young King | Remarried royal consorts