The Western Empire

List of Kings of England and Emperors of the West

Timeline of Western European History

1186 August 19 - Geoffrey, Count of Brittany falls from a horse in Paris while engaging in a tournament. Although severely injured, he survives. He spends the next year recuperating at Nantes.




  • October 1 - Eudes attacks into Languedoc. Philip rushes with a portion of his army to counter the Burgundian attack.
  • October 6 - Philip is defeated at Montpellier, and flees back towards Paris. Burgundy begins its domination of eastern France.
  • November 5 - Philip is thrown from his horse and killed. He is succeeded by his son, Louis VIII. But Louis is in the East, attempting a counter-attack on the Burgundians. With no leader in the West, Arthur faces no opposition.
  • November 12 - Louis is killed in battle with the Burgundians. His only heir is the infant Philip III, who was born in September of the same year. The infant Philip and his mother, Blanche of Castile, flee to Castile, where they attempt to regain Philip's throne, but to no avail.
  • December 16 - Arthur marches into Paris and proclaims himself King of France.

1218 - Philip III dies in exile in Castile at the age of nine.

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