Hervé IV of Donzy
Hervé IV of Donzy (1173– 22 January 1222) was a French nobleman and participant in the Fifth Crusade. By marriage in 1200 to Mahaut de Courtenay (1188–1257), daughter of Peter II of Courtenay, he became Count of Nevers.
In a dispute over the château de Gien with Peter of Courtenay, Hervé came to a settlement in 1199, having defeated and captured his overlord Peter at Cosne-sur-Loire. After Peter's death in 1219, he became Count of Auxerre and Tonnerre also; with Philip II, Marquis of Namur and Robert de Courtenay contesting Auxerre. He acquired Liernais also, in 1210.
Hervé and his countess were active in developing the Nivernais, his lands around Donzy adjoining the Nivernais and Burgundy. In 1209 they founded a Carthusian abbey at Bellary. He reconstructed the château Musard, Billy-sur-Oisy, around 1212-5. The priory at Beaulieu[disambiguation needed] was founded in 1214.
In 1204–05 Hervé supported the French side against the English in fighting in Normandy, Poitou and Touraine, and in 1209 would take part in the Albigensian crusade. In 1214 he took part in the Battle of Bouvines, on the side of King John of England, later with John's intervention Hervé would obtain King Philip's pardon. In 1217 he would be involved in the French invasion of England.
The daughter of Hervé and Mahaut,
- Agnès de Donzy (1205–1225), married in 1217 Philippe de France, eldest son of the future Louis VIII of France. Philippe died the following year. Agnès then married Guy de Châtillon (died 1226), with a daughter Yolande de Châtillon, who married Archambaud IX de Bourbon.
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