Charles, Count of Maine

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Charles of Anjou
Count of Maine
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Born14 October 1414[1]
Château de Montils-lez-Tours
Died10 April 1472 (aged 57)
Neufvy-en-Touraine
BuriedLe Mans Cathedral
FamilyHouse of Valois-Anjou
SpousesCobella Ruffo
Isabelle of Luxembourg
Issue
FatherLouis II, Duke of Anjou
MotherYolande of Aragon

Charles du Maine (1414–1472) was a French prince of blood and an advisor to Charles VII of France, his brother-in-law, during the Hundred Years' War. He was the third son of Louis II, Duke of Anjou and King of Naples, and Yolande of Aragon.[2]

In 1434, he married Cobella Ruffo (d. 1442), Countess of Montalto and Corigliano.[3] They had one son, named Jean Louis Marin, who died as an infant.

In 1437, he took up arms on behalf of King Charles VII of France, participating in the capture of Montereau, and that of Pontoise, in 1441. At this time, his brother, René of Anjou, ceded to him the County of Maine. He continued to take part in King Charles' campaigns.

Tomb of Charles, Count of Maine

By his second marriage, in 1443, to Isabelle of Luxembourg (d. 1472),[4] daughter of Peter I of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, he had two children:

A dispute over the county of Guise between Charles and Isabelle's brother, Louis of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, was settled by settling it upon Isabelle as a dowry.

Charles also had an illegitimate daughter, Mary of Anjou, who married Thomas Courtenay, 6th Earl of Devon.[5]

He led the rearguard for King Louis XI of France at the Battle of Montlhéry.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Duboscq 1935, p. 338 n. 1.
  2. ^ a b Kekewich 2008, p. xiv.
  3. ^ Rohr 2016, p. 259.
  4. ^ Potter 1995, p. 374.
  5. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 41.
  6. ^ Rogers 2010, p. 27.

References[edit]

  • Duboscq, Guy (1935). "Le mariage de Charles d'Anjou, comte du Maine, et le comté de Guise (1431–1473)". BEC (in French). 96: 338–366. doi:10.3406/bec.1935.449111.
  • Kekewich, Margaret L. (2008). The Good King: René of Anjou and Fifteenth Century Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Potter, David (1995). A History of France, 1460-1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. St. Martin's Press.
  • Richardson, D. (2011). Kimball G. Everingham, ed. Magna Carta Ancestry. 4 (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-1-4609-9270-8.
  • Rogers, Clifford J., ed. (2010). "Battle of Montlhery". The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military. Vol. 3. Oxford University Press.
  • Rohr, Zita Eva (2016). Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442) Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry. Palgrave Macmillan.
French nobility
Preceded by
Unknown
Count of Mortain
1425 – 1472
Succeeded by
Charles
Preceded by
Charles?
Count of Gien
aft. 1432 – 1472
Preceded by
René
Count of Maine
1441 – 1472
Preceded by
Louis
Count of Guise
1444 – 1472