Hugh I, Count of Maine

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Hugh I was count of Maine (900–933). He succeeded his father as of Count of Maine c. 900.


He was the son of Roger, Count of Maine, and Rothilde, daughter of Charles the Bald.[1] He succeeded his father c. 900.[2] By a marriage of his sister of unknown name[a] to Hugh the Great sometime before 917 Hugh became an ally to the Robertians ending a long period of hostility between them.[3] Around 922, King Charles the Simple withdrew the benefit of the Abbey of Chelles from Rotilde, Hughʻs mother and Hugh the Greatʻs mother-in-law, to entrust it to a favorite of his, Hagano.[4] The favoritism shown Hagano caused a great deal of resentment and led, in part, to a revolt against Charles the Simple that placed Robert I of France on the throne.[5] Even after the death of his sister when Hugh the Great married a second time he remained an adherent of the Robertians.


By his unnamed wife, very probably a Rorgonide,[6] he had:


  1. ^ Europäische Stammtafeln Band II, Tafel 10 has the first wife of Hugh the Great as Judith.


  1. ^ Pierre Riché, The Carolingians; A Family who Forged Europe, Trans. Michael Idomir Allen (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1993), p. 237
  2. ^ K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, 'Two Studies in North French Prosopography', Journal of Medieval History, Vol. 20 (1994), p. 10
  3. ^ Richard E. Barton, Lordship in the County of Maine, c. 890-1160 (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2004). p. 83
  4. ^ The Annals of Flodoard of Reims; 919-966, Ed. & Trans. Steven Fanning & Bernard S. Bachrach (University of Toronto Press, 2011), p. 6
  5. ^ Jim Bradbury, The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328 (Continuum, London & New York, 2007), p. 34
  6. ^ a b K.S.B. Keats-Rohan, Family Trees and the Root of Politics; A Prosopography of Britain and France from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1997) p. 194