Neither Bewitched nor Beguiled: Philip Augustus's Alleged Impotence and Innocent III's Response

  title={Neither Bewitched nor Beguiled: Philip Augustus's Alleged Impotence and Innocent III's Response},
  author={Constance M. Rousseau},
  pages={410 - 436}
Thus the author of the Gesta Innocentii described the reaction of Philip II Augustus (1180–1223) to his long-awaited bride on August 15, 1193, in the cathedral of Amiens, a reaction that would cause extended annulment proceedings spanning two pontificates over a period of almost twenty years and resulting in extensive papal intervention, especially that of Innocent III (1198–1216). We learn further from the Gesta that, to avoid scandal, some at the French court counseled postponement of the… Expand
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