Hugues "Le Maisné" CAPET, Comte de Vermandois
- Born: 1057, Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, France
- Married: After 1067
- Died: 18 Oct 1102, Tarsus, Cilicie
- Buried: Cathedral of St. Paul de Tarse, Turkey
Usually called Cte Hugues I "le Grand" DE VERMANDOIS.
The Liber Modernorum Regum Francorum names (in order) "Philippum, Hugonem atque Rotbertum" as the three sons of King Henri and his wife Anna. William of Tyre records "dominus Hugo Magnus" as brother of Philippe I King of France. Orderic Vitalis names "Philippum et Hugonem Magnum Crispeii comitem" as the children of "Henricus…Francorum rex" and his wife "Bertradam, Julii Claudii regis Russiæ filiam".
He succeeded as Comte de Vermandois et de Valois, by right of his wife. He left France in Aug 1096 as head of the contingent of his brother Philippe I King of France which left on the First Crusade. Orderic Vitalis records that in 1096 "Hugo Crispeii comes" placed "Radulfo et Henrico filiis suis" in charge of his land, married "Ysabel filiam suam" to "Rodberto de Mellento comiti", and left on pilgrimage taking "secum nobile agmen Francorum". The Alexeiad names "a certain Hugh, brother of the king of France" when recording that he "sent an absurd message to the emperor proposing that he should be given a magnificent reception" after arriving in Constantinople. He was shipwrecked off Durazzo, but accompanied to Constantinople by the Byzantine admiral Manuel Butumites. Albert of Aix records that "Hugonem Magnum fratrem regis Franciæ, Drogonem et Clareboldum" were held in chains in prison by the emperor at Constantinople but were released after the intervention of "Baldewinus Hainaucorum comes et Heinricus de Ascha" who were sent as envoys by Godefroi de Bouillon. Albert of Aix records that "Hugo, Drogo, Willelmus Carpentarius et Clareboldus" joined the army of Godefroi de Bouillon after their release from captivity in Constantinople, dated to end 1096. He took part in the siege of Antioch in 1098. He was sent on a mission to Emperor Alexios I, but was surprised in a Turkish ambush near Nikaia but escaped with his life. He returned to France after the capture of Antioch in 1098 to raise another army which he led as part of the second wave of the First Crusade, leaving France in Mar 1101.
Robert of Torigny records the death in 1102 of "Hugo Magnus apud Tarsum". He died from wounds received fighting the Turks near Tarsus in Asia Minor. 1
Hugues married Ctse Adélaïs DE VERMANDOIS, daughter of Comte Héribert VI DE VERMANDOIS and Ctse Adélaïs DE VERMANDOIS, after 1067. (Ctse Adélaïs DE VERMANDOIS was born about 1065 in Valois, Bretagne, France and died on 28 Sep 1120/4 in Vermandois, Aisne, Picardy, France.)