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Louis VIII (5 September 1187 – 8 November 1226), known as Louis the Lion, was a King of France from the House of Capet who reigned from 1223 to his death.
In 1215, English barons under the Assassin Robert Fitzwalter rebelled against the Templar-influenced King John. Louis, a prince at the time, was offered the English throne by the barons, and was proclaimed King of England. After Eustace the Monk failed to deliver supplies to him, he was unable to hold England and forced to renounce his claims to the throne. Following his death, Louis was succeeded as King of France by his son, Louis IX.