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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Count Hughes XII de Lusignan & Countess Jeanne de Fougeres

4997438. Count Hughes XII de Lusignan & 4997439. Countess Jeanne de Fougeres

~1235, Hugh de Lezinan born in Lusignan, France, s/o 9994876. Hugh XI de Lusignan & 9994877. Yolande de Dreux.

~1235, Jeanne born in France, d/o 9994878. Ralph de Fougeres & 9994879. Isabella de Craon. (S) The Norman Frontier in the Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries, Power, 2004, P244.

6/1249, Hugh’s paternal grandfather died on crusade with King Louis IX.

4/26/1250, Hugh le Brun succeeded his father, who died on the same crusade as the grandfather.

1/29/1252, Hugh married Jeanne; acquiring the manor of Agon near Coutances through her mother.

1253, Isabella, wife of Ralph de Fougeres, grants revenues from the fair of Montmartin in her dowery of Agon, with consent of her daughter Jeanne, wife of Hugh de Lusignan, count of La March.

8/8/1254, Grant to Hugh de Lezignan [by King Henry III], son of Hugh count of La Marche, the king’s brother, the he may receive at the exchequer the residue of the fee of 400 marks whereof 150 marks were deducted for the marriage of Robert son and heir of William sometime earl of Derby, to whom the king married Mary sister of the said Hugh, … if the said Mary die without heir … (S) CPRs.

1256, Jeanne and Hugh are Lord and Lady of the castle of Fougères in Brittany; when the construction of the Mélusine and Gobelin towers is completed. [The Mélusine tower was named after the mythical fairy, whose marriage to Raymond started the Lusignans’ bloodline.]

4/13/1261, A papal bull was received absolving the King Henry III and his Queen and their supporters from abiding with the Provisions of Oxford. [Beginning of the Baron’s War.]

6/21/1261, Hugh de Lusignan XII, count of La Marche and Angoulême to Henry III: he has received his letters; his dispute with the countess of Leicester will keep him in Paris, but he will return to Poitou as soon as possible. (S) UKNA.

1261, Hugh de Lusignan XII, count of La Marche and Angoulême to Henry III: he is prepared to cross England with his forces. (S) UKNA.

11/6/1265, Licence, at the instance of Hugh, count of La Marche and Angouleme, the king’s [Henry III] kinsman, … safe conduct … (S) CPRs.

Aft. 3/25/1268, Hugh joined the 2nd crusade of King Louis IX.

7/2/1270, King Louis IX’s crusader ships left the coast of Provence heading for Tunis. The emir of Tunis was in arrears to King Charles of Sicily. He was supposed to send 34,300 gold coins annually.

7/21/1270, Louis’ crusader fleet arrived in Tunis. After easily taking the port, they attacked Carthage, 15 miles from Tunis, but did not enter the city. Very quickly, a plague [likely typhus] decimated the crusader forces.

1270, Hugh, Seigneur de Lusignan, de Couhe et de Peyrat, Count of La Marche, and Count of Angoulême died on crusade.

(S) Fougeres, Bretagne, France.

Child of Hughes and Jeanne:

i. Joan de Lusignan (2498719), born 1253 in France.

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