Elias II, Count of Maine

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Elias (also Hélie, Helyes or Élie) (died 15 January 1151) was the younger son of Fulk V of Anjou and his first wife, Eremburga, daughter of Elias I of Maine. There is debate as to whether he was ever count of Maine.

It is possible but unlikely that his father left him the county of Maine; his elder brother, Geoffrey Plantagenet was ruler of Anjou, Maine and the Touraine. Elias revolted in 1145, but was captured and imprisoned indefinitely by his brother. John of Marmoutier, writing in the 1170s, states that Geoffrey released Elias, but that he died from a fever contracted during his incarceration.[1] Few medieval sources name Elias as count of Maine.

He had married Philippa, daughter of Rotrou III of Perche. Their daughter, Beatrix, married John I of Alençon, by whom she had issue (counts and dukes of Alençon).[2][3]



  1. ^ John of Marmoutier, Historia Gaufredi ducis Normannorum et comitis Andegavorum, in Chroniques des comtes d'Anjou et des seigneurs d'Amboise, ed. L. Halphen & R. Poupardin (Paris, 1913), pp.170-231: 207.
  2. ^ Robert of Torigny, Chronique, ed. L. Delisle (2 vols., Rouen, 1873), II, p.28.
  3. ^ Guillaume de Tyr et ses continuateurs, ed. M. P. Paris, (Paris, 1880), vol.II, p.3.