Lusignans from Hugh I to Hugh VII
Hugh I(early tenth century) was known as Hugh the Hunter, as he might have been the huntsman of the count of Poiters. He was the first lord of Lusignan, the founder of the 'Hugh line' (all of his decendants were named Hugh in some form or another). His son became Hugh II(d.967) who was famous for building the Lusignan Castle, the largest in France. His probable son, Hugh III (late tenth century) was an aquaintance of William IV of Aquitanine. Hugh IV, known as Hugh the Brown (c.1026) warred with the viscounts of Thouars over a small fief for many years until he married the viscount's daughter, Auderearde. He received Vivonne as reparations for loss of face involving an attempt to gain Chatellerault while establishing many monestaries for his soul.
Hugh had two sons, a namesake (d.1080) and Rorgo, who chartered numerous abbies. Hugh V married Almodis of La Marche, which would eventually account for his family aquisition of the region. After bearing two children, Hugh had Almodis discarded; in revenge she married Pons of Toulouse, and convinced Hugh to join him in war against Aquitanine. William soon captured Lusignan Castle, and Hugh was slain. Hugh's son became Hugh VI (1039-1110) known as Hugh the Devil for his temper. Hugh fought piously in the First Crusades with his half-brother, the count of Barcelona, even taking the cross for the crusades with his brothers. He married Ildegarde de Thouars and had a son, Hugh VII (1065-1151) who was also called 'the Brown'.