Charles IV, Count of Maine

Charles du Maine (1414–1472) was a French prince of blood and an advisor to Charles VII of France, his brother-in-law, during the Hundred Years' War. He was the third son of Louis II, Duke of Anjou and King of Naples, and Yolande of Aragon.[2]

Charles of Anjou
Count of Maine
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Born14 October 1414[1]
Château de Montils-lez-Tours
Died10 April 1472 (aged 57)
BuriedLe Mans Cathedral
Noble familyValois-Anjou
Cobella Ruffo
(m. 1434; died 1442)

Isabelle of Luxembourg
(m. 1443)
IssueCharles IV, Duke of Anjou
FatherLouis II, Duke of Anjou
MotherYolande of Aragon

In 1434, he married Cobella Ruffo (d. 1442), Countess of Montalto and Corigliano.[3] They had one son, named Jean Louis Marin, who died as an infant.

In 1437, he took up arms on behalf of King Charles VII of France, participating in the capture of Montereau, and that of Pontoise, in 1441. At this time, his brother, René of Anjou, ceded to him the County of Maine. He continued to take part in King Charles' campaigns.

By his second marriage, in 1443, to Isabelle of Luxembourg (d. 1472),[4] daughter of Peter I of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, he had two children:

A dispute over the county of Guise between Charles and Isabelle's brother, Louis of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, was settled by settling it upon Isabelle as a dowry.

Charles also had an illegitimate daughter, Mary of Anjou, who married Thomas Courtenay, 6th Earl of Devon.[5]

He led the rearguard for King Louis XI of France at the Battle of Montlhéry in 1465.[6]

Tomb of Charles, Count of Maine


  1. ^ Duboscq 1935, p. 338 n. 1.
  2. ^ a b Kekewich 2008, p. xiv.
  3. ^ Rohr 2016, p. 259.
  4. ^ Potter 1995, p. 374.
  5. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 41.
  6. ^ Rogers 2010, p. 27.


  • Duboscq, Guy (1935). "Le mariage de Charles d'Anjou, comte du Maine, et le comté de Guise (1431–1473)" (PDF). Bibliothèque de l'École des Chartes (in French). 96: 338–366. doi:10.3406/bec.1935.449111.
  • Kekewich, Margaret L. (2008). The Good King: René of Anjou and Fifteenth Century Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Potter, David (1995). A History of France, 1460-1560: The Emergence of a Nation State. St. Martin's Press.
  • Richardson, D. (2011). Kimball G. Everingham (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry. Vol. 4 (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-1-4609-9270-8.
  • Rogers, Clifford J., ed. (2010). "Battle of Montlhery". The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military. Vol. 3. Oxford University Press.
  • Rohr, Zita Eva (2016). Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442) Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry. Palgrave Macmillan.
French nobility
Preceded by
Count of Mortain
1425 – 1472
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Count of Gien
aft. 1432 – 1472
Preceded by Count of Maine
1441 – 1472
Preceded by Count of Guise
1444 – 1472