Hugh IX of Lusignan

Hugh IX "le Brun" of Lusignan (1163/1168 5 November 1219)[1] was the grandson of Hugh VIII. His father, also Hugh (b. c. 1141), was the co-seigneur of Lusignan from 1164, marrying a woman named Orengarde before 1162 or about 1167 and dying in 1169. Hugh IX became seigneur of Lusignan in 1172, seigneur of Couhé and Chateau-Larcher in the 1190s, and Count of La Marche (as Hugh IV) on his grandfather's death. Hugh IX died on the Fifth Crusade at the siege of Damietta on 5 November 1219.[1]

Hugh IX is mentioned under the pseudonym Maracdes ("Emerald") in two poems by the troubadour Gaucelm Faidit, according to the Occitan razós to these poems.

Marriage and issue

His first wife was possibly Agathe de Preuilly, daughter of Peter (Pierre) II de Preuilly and Aenor de Mauleon. Their marriage was annulled in 1189.

His second wife, married c. 1200, was Mathilde of Angoulême (1181 1233),[3] daughter of Wulgrin III of Angoulême, Count of Angoulême.[4]

Fictional portrayals

Hugh was portrayed by actor James Cossins in the 1978 BBC TV drama series The Devil's Crown.



  1. Pollock 2015, p. 96.
  2. Pollock 2015, p. 98.
  3. Church 1999, p. 179.
  4. d'Arras 2012, p. 239 n55.


  • d'Arras, Jean (2012). Melusine; or, The Noble History of Lusignan. Translated by Maddox, Donald; Sturm-Maddox, Sara. The Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Church, S. D., ed. (1999). King John: New Interpretations. The Boydell Press.
  • Pollock, M. A. (2015). Scotland, England and France After the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296. The Boydell Press.
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