House Courcel is the royal family of Terre d'Ange. Its arms is a silver swan on midnight blue.
House Courcel is descended in straight line from Blessed Elua. Marriage to other noble houses have introduced the blood of his Companions into the house, however. Members tend to have black hair and dark blue eyes along with long, swan-like necks and straight eyebrows. Courcel livery is midnight blue and silver. Palace guards, royal couriers and other officials of the Crown wear the colors.
The Courcel seat of power is the City of Elua. No one may be crowned King or Queen of Terre d'Ange anywhere else because it is Elua's own city. They live in the royal palace, which is quite extensive. It boasts numerous salons and ballrooms, including the salon of Eisheth's harp and the hall of games. There are private theaters as well. Many nobles have their own private apartments in the palace. House Courcel has numerous estates outside the city in addition, such as a hunting lodge in L'Agnace. There is also the Little Court in La Serenissima, created and ruled by Prince Benedicte.
At the beginning of the series, Ganelon de la Courcel is King of Terre d'Ange. His heir, the Dauphine, is Ysandre de la Courcel. Her father Prince Rolande has died in battle many years before the series begins. Ganelon's sister Lyonette de Trevalion conspires against him to put her son Prince Baudoin on the throne, but her scheme is discovered. Lyonette and Baudoin are sentenced to death. Ganelon later dies after suffering several strokes and Ysandre becomes Queen. She is forced to contend with civil war and the Skaldi invasion, but emerges victorious. Later on, Melisande Shahrizai begins plotting with Benedicte to kill Ysandre and take the throne, resulting in the birth of Imriel de la Courcel. This plot is foiled as well, and Benedicte killed. Imriel is sent into hiding, though Ysandre desires to find him and welcome him to House Courcel. Kushiel's Avatar details Phedre's atempts to find Imriel, and finally the boy is brought back to Terre d'Ange to accept his birthright.
During Kushiel's DartEdit
Benedicte de la Courcel- Brother of Ganelon. He marries Maria Stregazza and moves to La Serenissimia where he establishes the Little Court. His wife dies before the series and he marries Melisande Shahrizai, plotting with her to steal the throne. He dies in the attempt. Imriel is his son.
Marie-Celeste de la Courcel Stregazza- Daughter of Benedicte, married to Marco Stregazza. She assists Melisande and Benedicte in their plot and becomes disgraced when it fails. Severio Stregazza is her son.
Therese de la Courcel Stregazza- Daughter of Benedicte, married to Dominic Stregazza. After her husband is assassinated by Barquiel L'Envers, her role in Isabel L'Envers' death becomes known and she is disgraced. She and Dominic have four children.
Lyonette de la Courcel (Trevalion)- Sister of Ganelon and Benedicte, known as the Lioness of Azzalle. She is some twenty years younger than Ganelon. She is married to Marc de Trevalion and they have two children, Baudoin and Bernadette. She is sentenced to death for plotting to place Baudoin on the throne.
Bernadette de Trevalion- Sister of Baudoin, Princess of the Blood. She is married to Ghislain de Somerville. She attempts to kill Imriel during Kushiel's Scion.
During Kushiel's AvatarEdit
Sidonie de la Courcel- Dauphine, daughter of Ysandre and Drustan.
Alais de la Courcel- Younger daughter of Ysandre and Drustan.
Between Kushiel's Mercy and Naamah's KissEdit
Anielle de la Courcel- Daughter of Imriel de la Courcel and Sidonie de la Courcel. Her reign after their death is called the "Years of Joy".
During Naamah's KissEdit
Daniel de la Courcel- Grandson of Anielle de la Courcel and King of Terre d'Ange.
Seraphine de la Courcel- First wife of Daniel de la Courcel. Deceased by the events of the novel.
Thierry de la Courcel- Son of Daniel de la Courcel and Seraphine. Dauphin.
Jehanne de la Courcel no Cereus- Second wife of King Daniel de la Courcel. An adept of Cereus House known to be having an active love affair with Raphael de Mereliot.
During Naamah's BlessingEdit
Desirée de la Courcel- Daughter of King Daniel and Queen Jehanne. Queen Jehanne died in childbirth. Desiree is very much like her mother, not only in looks but also in temperament.