Hugh X of Lusignan

Hugh X

Seal of Hugh X of Lusignan, showing him in hunting costume holding a small hunting dog behind the croup of his saddle, following the usual imagery in the seals of his family[1]
Count of La Marche
Reign 5 November 1219 – 5 June 1249
Born c. 1183/1195
Died 1249 (aged 6566)/1249 (aged 5354)
Spouse Isabel of Angoulême
Issue Hugh XI of Lusignan
Aymer de Lusignan
Agathe de Lusignan
Alice de Lusignan, Countess of Surrey
Guy de Lusignan
Geoffroi de Lusignan
William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke
Marguerite de Lusignan
Isabella of Lusignan
House House of Lusignan
Father Hugh IX of Lusignan
Mother Mathilde of Angoulême
Arms of Hugh X of Lusignan. These are the arms of Lusignan Barry argent and azure differenced by a bordure of lions rampant gules
Seal of Hugh X of Lusignan. Legend: "SIGILL(UM) HUGONIS DE LEZINIACO COMITIS ENGOLISM" (Seal of Hugh of Lusignan Count of Angoulême). On the reverse is added "COMITIS MARCHIE" (Count of La Marche). The hunting horn is clearly seen hanging from his neck. National Archives, Paris

Hugh X de Lusignan, Hugh V of La Marche or Hugh I of Angoulême (c. 1183 or c. 1195 – c. 5 June 1249, Angoulême) succeeded his father Hugh IX as Seigneur de Lusignan and Count of La Marche in November 1219 and was Count of Angoulême by marriage.

His father, Hugh IX de Lusignan was betrothed to marry 12-year-old Isabel of Angoulême in 1200,[2] when King John of England took her for his Queen, an action which resulted in the entire de Lusignan family rebelling against the English king. Following John's death, Queen Isabella returned to her native France, where she married Hugh X de Lusignan on 10 May 1220 [3]

By Hugh's marriage to Isabella, he became Count of Angoulême until her death in 1246. Together they founded the abbey of Valence. They had nine children:

Hugh X was succeeded by his eldest son, Hugh XI of Lusignan.

According to explanations in the manuscripts of Gaucelm Faidit's poems, this troubadour was a rival of Hugh X of Lusignan for the love of Marguerite d'Aubusson.

He was buried at Angoulême.


  1. Seal of Hugues X de Lusignan dated 1224. Sceau équestre: le comte à cheval, en costume de chasse, le cor au cou et tenant à la main un petit chien posé sur la croupe du cheval. Legend: * SIGILL’ : HVGONIS : DE : LEZINIACO : COMITIS : ENGOLISME; Revers. Écu burelé. Le champ à arabesques. Legend: + SIGILL’ “ HVGONIS : DE : LEZINIACO : COMITIS : MARCHIE.). Douet d’Arcq, Collection de Sceaux des Archives de l’Empire 1, 1 (1863), 397–398.
  2. Nicholas Vincent, Isabella of Angouleme: John's Jezebel, King John: New Interpretations, ed. S.D. Church, (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1999), 171, 177.
  3. Elizabeth M. Hallam, Capetian France: 987–1328, (Longman, 1990), 136.
  4. Michael Prestwich, Edward I, (University of California Press, 1988), 46.


Preceded by
Hugh IX
Count of La Marche
Succeeded by
Hugh XI
Preceded by
Aymer Taillefer
Count of Angoulême
With: Isabel of Angoulême
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