Elias I, Count of Maine

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Elias I of Maine
Spouse(s) Matilda of Château-du-Loir
Agnes of Poitou
Noble family La Flèche-de Baugency
Father Jean de la Fleche
Mother Paula of Maine
Died 11 July 1110(1110-07-11)

Elias I (also Hélie or Élie) (died 11 July 1110),[1] called de la Flèche or de Baugency, was the Count of Maine, succeeding his cousin Hugh V, Count of Maine.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Jean de la Flèche and Paula, daughter of Herbert I, Count of Maine.[2]

In 1092, his cousin Hugh V sold Maine to him for 10,000 shillings. With the support of Fulk IV of Anjou, he continued the war with Robert II of Normandy. After Robert's departure with the First Crusade, Elias made peace with William Rufus, Robert's regent in Normandy.

Family[edit]

In 1090 Elias married Matilda, daughter of Gervais II, Lord of Château-du-Loir.[2] They had a daughter:

In 1109, says Orderic Vitalis, Elias remarried to Agnes, the daughter of William of Poitou and relict of Alfonso VI of Castile.[4] However, it seems likely that Orderic confused two different wives of Alfonso, and that it was the latter's widow, the Frenchwoman Beatrice, known to have returned to her homeland on Alfonso's death, whom Elias married.[5][6] She died the following year, however.[4]

Elias of Maine died on July 11, 1110 and was buried in the choir of the abbey church Notre-Dame de la Couture in Le Mans.[1]

Odo II of Blois and Elias I of Maine

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nécrologe-obituaire de la cathédrale du Mans, G. Busson and A. Ledru eds., Archives historiques de Maine VII (Le Mans 1906),163-164.
  2. ^ a b Detlev Schwennicke, Europäische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der Europäischen Staaten, Neue Folge, Band III Teilband 4 (Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, Marburg, Germany, 1989), Tafel 692
  3. ^ Ordericus Vitalis, The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy,Trans. Thomas Forester, Volume II (Henry G. Bohn, London, 1854), p. 223
  4. ^ a b Ordericus Vitalis, The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy,Trans. Thomas Forester, Volume III (Henry G. Bohn, London, 1854), p. 276
  5. ^ Jaime de Salazar y Acha, "Contribución al reinado de Alfonso VI de Castilla: algunas aclaraciones sobre su política matrimonial", Anales de la Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía 2:301–336 at 329.
  6. ^ Gonzalo Martínez Díez, Alfonso VI: Señor del Cid, conquistador de Toledo, 2003, Temas de Hoy, S.A., p. 167

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