Louis VII was anointed successor to his father, Louis VI, and in 1137 he became the sole ruler at his father's death. From 1141 to 1143, he was involved in a fruitless conflict with Count Thibaut of Champagne and the papacy. After Louis repudiated his wife Eleanor in 1152, she married Henry, a rival of Louis and future king of England, and the two men and their countries fought for over 20 years.
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