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Valentina Baciu’s Genealogy Research on Simon de Montfort

Valentina Baciu’s Research

Monday, November 21st, 2011

We’re so happy to be able to bring to you a series of pieces by Valentina Baciu which detail her research into Simon De Montforte’s descendants and genealogy.

The histories will appear as a series of Posts in our blog’s category titled ‘Valentina Baciu’s Genealogy’. Please feel free to comment on the work as it is posted. Thanks to Valentina for developing this fascinating material.

– katherine

Another installment from Valentina

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Another Installment…
from guest contributor, Valentina Baciu.  As always, your thoughts are welcome. Please post comments about this genealogy below this newest post.

– Katherine…“Gui de Boulogne (1313-1373) ou Guy de Montfort, archevêque de Lyon, cardinal au titre de Sainte-Cécile, puis cardinal-évêque de Porto et Sainte-Ruffine, dit le cardinal de Boulogne (1342-1373).….Ce fut à ce titre qu’il accompagna Urbain V à Rome. Là, le 1er novembre 1369, il participa au couronnement de l’épouse de Charles IV de Luxembourg. Lors de son séjour en Italie, l’empereur le nomma Vicaire impérial en Toscane. Le cardinal de Sainte-Cécile resta en légation auprès du roi de Hongrie du 15 janvier 1349 au 7 juin 1350.”

Yolande de Dreux, comtesse de Montfort-l’Amaury, after being the queen of Scotland, married in 05/1292 Arthur de Dreux, (Arthus) II duc de Bretagne (1262  – 1312), (son of Jean II, duc de Bretagne, and of Beatrix, daughter of Henri III). She named her son Jean (future Jean IV de Dreux (1293-1345),  duc de Bretagne, comte de Montfort), although her husband Arthus had already a son named Jean (duc de Bretagne after his father and before his half-brother), so there were more Jean, comte de Montfort l’Amaury welll into XIV century. (more…)

The families of SIMON DE MONTFORT’s brothers, sisters, first cousins

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

We continue…

with Valentina’s genealogy.  Please post comments and thoughts below this newest post from our guest contributor, Valentina Baciu.
– Katherine

I. The family of Simon’s sister Amicie de Montfort and her husband Gaucher I de Joigny, Seigneur de Chateaurenard.

Simon’s niece Petronille (Perenelle) de Joigny, Dame de Chateaurenard et d’Amilly (1230 ~ 1282), widow of Pierre II de Courtenay-Mehun.

Their daughter Amicie de Courtenay, Heiress of Conches, (~ 1250-1275, Rome), and her future husband Robert II, le noble, comte d’ Artois, son of Robert I, Comte d’Artois (brother of  king Louis IX)

II. The family of Amaury de Montfort and his wife Beatrice de Viennois, de Bourgogne

A. Simon’s niece Alix de Montfort, dame de Houdan, (~ 1225-  1279) and her husband Simon II de Nesle, Comte de Clermont en Beauvaisis, (~ 1210 -1286), Régent du Royaume de France (1270), future tuteur des enfants de France (children of king Philippe III Le Hardi).

Their son Raoul II de Clermont, Seigneur de Nesle Brios, future connétable de France from 1277-1302. (more…)

Verdi: I Vespri Sicilliani

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The last Vespri Italian performance was this year in Torino, the president of Italy was there. The TV presented Guido as Monteforte, which was such a nice surprise, as he is Monforte in the libretto; it seems that opera people begin to understand there was a real Guido de Monteforte.  Charles Duveyrier and Eugène Scribe, the libretto authors knew for sure about the glory of our Simon and his father, as they make Guido say to his son:
“Ma non sai tu che splendida
Fama suonò di me?
È il nome mio glorioso…

I am almost sure there was not by accident that they chose Guy as their character, although he was not even 40 years old by the time of the Vespres. They wanted to have him in their opera.

As news, I would like to tell you that even Cosi fan tutte is related to events concerning the descendants of Guy. (more…)

Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The official version helps us, as it shows the Emperor’s involvement.

Valentina’s  contribution is that she shows a connection between Orsini del Balzo, the Emperor Joseph II as an Orsini descendant, the duke Orsini, Naples, Ferrara, the names Alfonso and Fernando.

Here is the official version:
“ The opera was based on a story familiar to the Emperor involving two brothers, the sons of a Venetian cobbler, who, disguised as Albanian noblemen, had travelled the Continent duping men with dishonest deals and women with false declarations of love. The older brother posed as Prince Stefan Zannovitch of Albania and his younger brother called himself Count Premislas Zannovitch. Both had been expelled from numerous gambling houses in Venice and finally from the state of Venice itself. Stefan Zannovitch was arrested in Vienna but was released due to the intervention of Emperor Joseph II. Stefan Zannovitch was arrested again in Amsterdam where he commited suicide on May 25, 1786.

Da Ponte was a contemporary of the Zannovitch brothers (more…)

Montfort Genealogy – additional branches

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Valentina Baciu’s genealogical notes continue with this snippet:

Jean de Montfort, Simon’s nephew, was revered as a saint after he died in 1249 in Cyprus. I have just found that. As a strange coincidence, his wife (mother of his only daughter and heir of Montfort l’Amaury, the famous Beatrice de Montfort) married later Jean de Brienne and had Blanche de Brienne, Baroness Tingry (c. 1252- c.1302). In September 1285, her daughter Margaret de Fiennes, married Edmund Mortimer of Wigmore, 2nd Baron Mortimer, the son of Roger Mortimer, 1st Baron Wigmore and Maud de Braose.

Descendents of GUY DE MONTFORT

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

We return with a lengthy post from Valentina Baciu’s genealogy.  Please feel free to comment on the work and add to our knowledge.  There are a number of linked resources you may use to cross reference the material.



GUY DE MONTFORT, the Son of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester

He was the 1st Count of NOLA.  He was married to  Margherita  ALDOBRANDESCA  di GROSSETTO, Contessa ereditaria di Soana.

Anastasia de MONTFORT

Contessa di Nola (~1271/72- after 1306)

Married in 6 June 1293 Romano  ORSINI (1268- 1327), senator of Rome,  Conte de PITIGLIANO, Royal Vicar of Rome in 1326.

His father Gentile II ORSINI  (1246? – 1318?), son of Bertoldo ORSINI Count of ROMAGNA  (d. 1288), Senator of Rome, Podestà di Viterbo, Grand Justiciar of the kingdom of Sicily in 1314.

His mother ? Claricia di RUFFO  (b.~1250?), daughter of Giovanna de AQUINO  (1232? – 1300?), daughter of Tomasso II de AQUINO, Conte di ACERRA, poss. nephew of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Margaretha of GERMANY  (b.~1215?), daughter of Emperor Frederick II de Hohenstaufen.


Roberto ORSINI, Count of Nola

Conte di Soleto, di Soana e di Nettuno

cavaliere dall’aspetto marziale volitivo, molto elegante, quanto cortese e magnanimo in pace, tanto feroce e astuto in Guerra

(~1295- before 1345)

Married Sueva del BALZO (Sanchia des BAUX), (~1296 ~ 1375), Countess of Soleto, heiress of des Baux, daughter of Hugues des Baux (b. ~1277), seigneur de Grandissart, conte di Soleto, son of Bernard III des BAUX, seigneur de Courthezon, co-prince de Orange (1245? – 1305? Holy Land), son of Raymond II des Baux ( d. 1278?), co-prince de Orange, son of Guillaume II des BAUX (1195? – 1239?), co-prince de Orange, a troubadour. His father Guillaume Ier des Baux (c.1155-1218), est prince d’Orange et vice-roi du Royaume d’Arles ; il appartient à une grande famille de la noblesse provençale, les Baux.

Guillaume I  est le fils de Bertrand des Baux, le premier prince d’Orange, et de Thiberge de Sarenom, tous deux poètes et troubadours. En 1215 (ou 1214), à Metz quand Frédéric II souhaite affirmer son pouvoir en Provence, Guillaume reçoit le Royaume d’Arles et de Bourgogne ce qui signifie probablement la vice-royauté de ce royaume. Opportuniste, il soutient le pape et la croisade de Simon de Montfort contre son rival le comte de Toulouse et marquis de Provence Raymond VI, mais fait prisonnier par les Avignonais, les fidèles alliés de Raymond, il connait une mort malheureuse en étant égorgé, ou, selon d’autres sources, écorché vif et découpé en morceaux.

Sveva’s mother was “Jacopa” Jacqueline Della Marra.  Jacopa (Jacqueline) della Marra, nata nel 1275 dal viceré di Napoli Risone II) sposata il 1310 in seconde nozze a Ugo Del Balzo, signore di Soleto, San Pietro di Galatina e Zollino

Their children: (more…)

Simon’s English Relatives – Preface

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Valentina has sent along this note for context on the upcoming series of Posts about Simon’s English Relatives

– Katherine


I’m forwarding some material about Simon’s English cousins, nephews and nieces, the offspring of his father’s aunt Bertrade de Montfort who married de Chester de Meschines. After seeing who they were and  to whom they were married, I imagine that Simon had the opportunity to became the mentor of all those young lords that joined him, at one or another moment in 1258-1265. He knew them since their early childhood, as they were born in the families of his or Eleanor’s relatives.

I note here only those who were connected in some way with the 1258-1265 events, directly or through their nearest relatives. The parts in Italics are most important to Simon’s political activities.

Some married Simon’s French nephews. Some were related more to de Marshall’s, as the Clare’s. Some were married or were to be married to de Mortimer’s offspring. Every time I mention the French offspring of former queen Isabella, I have in mind that they were as much Eleanor’s brothers as king Henry’s. Even Savoyard relatives of queen Eleanor will marry to Simon’s French relatives ( Jeanne de Montfort, daughter of Philippe de Castres, married after 1268, Louis I de Vaud, son of Eleanor’s uncle Thomas of Savoy ( Thomas was the one who married Jeanne de Haianut in 1238, after queen Blanche refused to let her marry Simon).

The nicest thing I found is about Simon’s cousin Margaret de Quincy and Robert Grosseteste:

Margaret de Quincy (~ 1208 – ~ 1258), Countess of Lincoln,    As the widowed Countess of Lincoln suo jure, Margaret was brought into contact with some of the most important people in the county of Lincolnshire. Among these included Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, the most significant intellectual in England at the time who recognised Margaret’s position as Countess of Lincoln to be legitimate and important, and he viewed Margaret as both patron and peer. He dedicated Les Reules Seynt Robert, his treatise on estate and household management, to her.

My work on Italian descendants is harder than on the others, as some of them had up to 10 children, born by wives or their lovers and than legitimated.  So , I needed to select them and to use more genealogy sites.

Bertrade de MONTFORT d’ EVREUX

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

We Continue…

… from Valentina Baciu’s history – a series of  Posts pertaining to Simon’s English Relatives.

– Katherine

Bertrade de MONTFORT d’ EVREUX

(~ 1155 – 1227) daughter of Simon de Montfort, Comte d’Evreux & his wife Mahaut

Married Hugh de Kevelioc, de Meschines (of Cyveiliog), de Kyvelioc, V Earl of Chester, (1147 – 1181). He was the son of Ranulf de Gernon le Meschin, IV Earl of Chester (descendant of the Counts of Bayeux in Normandy) and of Maud of Gloucester (daughter of Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, known as Robert de Caen, the illegitimate son of Henry I of England). Robert of Torigny records the marriage arranged by Henry II King of England in 1170 of “Hugoni comiti Cestriæ cognate suo” and “filiam comitis Ebroicensis cognatam suam ex parte patris sui”.

Bertrade de MONTFORT d’ EVREUX

(~ 1155 – 1227) daughter of Simon de Montfort, Comte d’Evreux & his wife Mahaut

Married Hugh de Kevelioc, de Meschines (of Cyveiliog), de Kyvelioc, V Earl of Chester, (1147 – 1181). He was the son of Ranulf de Gernon le Meschin, IV Earl of Chester (descendant of the Counts of Bayeux in Normandy) and of Maud of Gloucester (daughter of Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, known as Robert de Caen, the illegitimate son of Henry I of England). Robert of Torigny records the marriage arranged by Henry II King of England in 1170 of “Hugoni comiti Cestriæ cognate suo” and “filiam comitis Ebroicensis cognatam suam ex parte patris sui”.

Bertrade de MONTFORT d’ EVREUX

(~ 1155 – 1227) daughter of Simon de Montfort, Comte d’Evreux & his wife Mahaut

Married Hugh de Kevelioc, de Meschines (of Cyveiliog), de Kyvelioc, V Earl of Chester, (1147 – 1181). He was the son of Ranulf de Gernon le Meschin, IV Earl of Chester (descendant of the Counts of Bayeux in Normandy) and of Maud of Gloucester (daughter of Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, known as Robert de Caen, the illegitimate son of Henry I of England). Robert of Torigny records the marriage arranged by Henry II King of England in 1170 of “Hugoni comiti Cestriæ cognate suo” and “filiam comitis Ebroicensis cognatam suam ex parte patris sui”.

Maud (Matilda) de Kevelioc

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Another Post by our friend Valentina Baciu.


Maud (Matilda) de Kevelioc

Maud of Chester, de Meschines (1171- 1233) married David, 9th Earl de Huntingdon, David Canmore Etherington Dunkeld, Prince & one-time Heir Presumptive of Scotland, Crusader, (1144 – 1219), son of Henry of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon and Northumberland & his wife Ada de Warenne .

A. Ada de Huntigdon, (~1200 – aft. 1241) married Henry (1206 – 1250), Knight de Hastings, Lord of Ashill. Their children:

A.1.   Henry de Hastings, d’ Eu, of Ashill,  (~ 1235 – 1269) married Joan (Eve) de Cantilupe,  Heiress of Abergavenny,  (~1242 -by 1271) daughter of William III de Cantilupe (~ 1216-1255) of Abergavenny (Monmouthshire, Wales) and Eva de Braose. Simon de Montfort, a close friend of the family, was the chief mourner at William’s funeralWilliam was the brother of prelate Thomas de Cantilupe . During the Barons’ War, Thomas favoured Simon de Montfort and the baronial party. He represented the barons before St Louis of France at Amiens in 1264. He was made Chancellor of England on 25 February 1264, but was deprived of this office after Montfort’s death at Evesham, and lived out of England for some time.

They were the nephews of Walter de Cantilupe, bishop of Worcester. As Bishop, he identified himself with the party of ecclesiastical reform, which was then led by Edmund Rich and Robert Grosseteste. At the parliament of Oxford in 1258 he was elected by the popular party as one of their representatives on the committee of twenty-four which undertook to reform the administration; from that time until the outbreak of civil war he was a man of mark in the councils of the baronial party. During the war he sided with Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester and, through his nephew, Thomas de Cantilupe, who was then Chancellor of Oxford University, brought over the university to the popular side. He was present at the Battle of Lewes and blessed the Montfortians before they joined battle with the army of the King; he entertained de Montfort on the night before the final rout and defeat of the Battle of Evesham

Henry  was created Baron in 1264 by Simon de Montfort (was summoned to Parliament as Lord Hastings in 1264). He led the Londoners at the Battle of Lewes, where he was taken prisoner, and fought at the Battle of Evesham. He resisted the King at Kenilworth, and, after the Dictum of Kennilworth he commanded the last remnants of the baronial party when they made their last stand in the Isle of Ely, submitting to Henry in July 1267.

Their children:

Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Valentina Baciu’s further research is presented in this series of Posts about Simon’s descendents for your enjoyment and to add to the body of available materials. Please add your thoughts to the Comments area.


Ranulf de Blondeville,  6th Earl of Chester

(1172-1232), Vicomte d’Avranches, Earl of Richmond, Duke of Brittany from 1189, de iure uxoris, until his divorce in 1199 (In 1189, aged seventeen, he was married to Constance of Brittany, the widow of Henry II’s son Geoffrey, and the mother of Arthur of Brittany, with whom King John contested the succession. Henry II did not trust the Countess and wanted her married to a magnate he could trust. The marriage gave Ranulf control of the earldom of Richmond and the duchy of Brittany, but was not a success and they separated).

Married 2. bef. 7 Oct 1200, as her second husband, Clemence de Fougères (d. 1252), widow of Alain de Vitré, seigneur de Dinan. Clemence had a daughter with Alain de Vitre, Gervaise de Vitré (d. 1235/41), Vicomtesse de Dinan, who was in 1224 married by Ranulf to Richard Marshall (brother in law of Eleanor de Montfort).

Mabel of Chester de Meschines

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The latest of Valentina Baciu material Please add your thoughts to the Comments area.


Mabel of Chester de Meschines

(b. ~ 1172) married William d’ Aubigny, (de Albini), 3rd Earl of Arundel, Earl of Sussex (~1170 – 1221 Rome), son of William d’Aubigny, 2nd Earl of Arundel (b. before 1150 – 1193) and grandson of  Adeliza de Louvain, widow of Henry I of England. He was a favourite of King John, a participant in the Fifth Crusade, one of the twenty-five guarantors of the Magna Carta.

Their children:

A.  William d’Aubigny, 4th Earl of Arundel (~1203 – 1224). He was the Chief Butler of England and was succeeded by his brother, Hugh d’Aubigny, 5th Earl of Arundel

B. Hugh d’Aubigny (d. 1243), 5th Earl of Arundel. Married Isabel de Warenne (~1228 – 1282), daughter of William de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey and Maud Marshal (1192–1248). Maud, Countess of Norfolk, Countess of Surrey, wealthy co-heiress of her father William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, was the mother of Hugh and Roger Bigod. In 1242, Hugh was one of the seven Earls who accompanied the King Henry in his expedition to Aquitaine.

C. Nicole d’ Aubigny (d. 1240) married Roger de Somery, Baron Somery of Dudley Castle (d. 1273), son of Ralph de Somery (d. 1211) and Margaret Marshall. Their daughter Margaret (Margery) de Somery (~1236 – aft. 1293) married in 1247 Sir Ralph Basset 1st Lord Basset of Drayton (~1227 –  1265), baronial leader killed at Battle of Evesham. Their son Sir Ralph Basset (b.~1252- 31 Dec 1299) married in ~1274 Hawise, daughter of baronial leader Hugh le Despencer of Loughborough, Lord Constable of the Tower of London, Justiciar of England, 1st Lord Falmouth (1223 –  4 Aug 1265 k. at Battle of Evesham)


D. Isabella d’ Aubigny (~1203 –  ~1240) married John I  FitzAlan, Lord of Clun and Oswestry (1200–1240) in the Welsh Marches in the county of Shropshire. Her son John II FitzAlan Earl of Arundel (1223- 1267) vacillated in the conflicts between Henry III and the Barons, and fought on the King’s side at the Battle of Lewes in 1264, where he was taken prisoner. By 1278 to 1282 his own sons were also engaged in Welsh border hostilities, attacking the lands of Llywelyn the son of Gruffydd ap Madog.

His son John III FitzAlan,  Baron of Cluny & Oswestry, 6th Earl of Arundel Sussex (1246 –  1272) married in 1260 Isabella de Mortimer, daughter of Roger and Maud de Braose. Their son Richard FitzAlan, 7th Earl of Arundel married sometime before 1285, Alice of Saluzzo (Alesia di Saluzzo), daughter of Thomas I of Saluzzo in Italy, niece of queen Eleanor.

E.  Cecily d’ Aubigny (~1208 – aft. 1260) married Roger de Mohaut, Justice of Chester (d.1260). Their son Robert de Mohaut married Joan de Mowbray (d. 1315), daughter of Rohese (Roese) de Clare  (1252 – 1316), sister of Gilbert the Red de Clare.

F.   Mabel d’ Aubigny (Maud de Albini) (~1181 – ~ 1243) married Robert de Tateshale  (d. 1249). Their son Robert de Tattershall (d. 1273). His son Robert IV de Tattershall  (1248 – 1298) married Joan FitzRalph (d. 1310), niece of Hugh Bigod.

Agnes de Keveliock de Meschines

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Valentina Baciu’s collections continue with this Post on Agnes de Keveliock de Meschines.


Agnes de Keveliock de Meschines

Lady of Chartley (~1174 – 1247) married William II (IV) de Ferrers, 4th Earl of Derby (~ 1165 –  1247). On the accession of king John after the death of his brother, in 1199, William gave him his allegiance, and became a great favourite.  De Ferrers was allowed to retain the royal castles of Bolsover, Peak and Horston (Horsley) until the King’s 14th birthday. The latter had been given him in 1215 as a residence for his wife, during his planned absence with the King on Crusade. and the Earl was among those who made representation to the King, which would in 1258 led to the Provisions of Oxford . Henry reached his fourteenth birthday in 1222 and his administration sought to recover the three royal castles, to de Ferrers’ indignation. In 1254 they would pass to Edward I, Henry’s son, exacerbating Robert’s, the sixth earl, resentment against the prince. Their son, William III de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby (~ 1191 – 1254).  He had accompanied King Henry to France in 1230. Married:

I. first wife Sibyl (Sibilla) Marshall, Heiress of Kildare, daughter of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, sister of Eleanor’s first husband.

II. in 1238 as his second wife Margaret de Quincy (~1218 – 1281 (or ’84), Countess of Lincoln, daughter of Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester and Helen of Galloway. Roger de Quincy married in 1252, as his third wife Eleanor de Ferrers, the daughter of  his son in law, William III de Ferrers.

Their children:

A. 1. Agnes de Ferrers ( d. 1290) married William de Vescy, of Alnwick (~1209 – died 1253 Gascony). Their son William Baron de Vescy (1245 -1297), candidate King of Scots.  Early in the campaign of 1265 during the barons’ war William held Gloucester against Prince Edward but was pardoned, and entered Edward’s service.

A. 2. Isabel de Ferrers (d. 1260) married 1. Gilbert Basset. Married 2. Sir Reynold (Reginald) II de Mohun, 5th Lord of Dunster (~1206 -1258). Their daughter Isabel de Mohun, (aft. 1243) married Edmund, Lord Deincourt (D’Eyncourt (~ 1255 -1327)

A. 3. Maud (Matilda) de Ferrers ( d. 1299) married:

1. William de Fortibus de Vivonia, Baron of Chewton  (~ 1219 -1259). Their children:

a. Cecily (Sibylle) de Vivonia (1257- 1320) married 1. John de Beauchamp, Governor of Cardigan Castle, Lord of Hache (~1248 – 1283) son of Robert IV de Beauchamp. Married 2. Gui de Rochechouart, seigneur de Tonnay-Charente, Salagnac, Mortemart.

b. Joan de Fortibus de Vivonia, Lady of Chewton, (~1250- 1314) married Sir Raynold (Reginald) FitzPiers of Gloucester (d.1286). Married 2. Aimery X de Rochechouart. Their son Aimey XI, vicomte de Rochechouart.

2. her second husband Aimery IX Vicomte de Rochechouart, son of Aimery VIII, Vicomte de Rochechouart & his wife Marguerite de Limoges (d. before Dec 1288).

A. 4. Sybil de Ferrers, (d. aft. 1273) married Sir Francis de Bohun. Their son Sir John of Midhurst de Bohun, (~1247 –  1284)

A. 5. Joan de Ferrers (d. ~1267), married Sir John de Mohun (the younger) of Dunster(d. 1254 in Gascony!)Their son Sir John de Mohun, Lord of Dunster (d. 1279)

A. 6.  Eleanor de Ferrers (d. 1280)

Married 1. Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester (1195? – 25 April 1265) (one of the leaders of the baronial opposition to Henry III of England, although he fought for Henry against the Welsh in the 1250s and 1260s). Roger’s first wife was Maud de Bohun, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, one of the writers of the Provisions of Oxford in 1258.

Married 2. Sir Roger Leybourne of Eltham (d.~ 1271). Leybourne was Lord Edward’s man.  He subsequently fought at the Battle of Evesham, reportedly saving the king’s life, and for the two years of conflict after Evesham served as Edward’s principle lieutenant.  Their son, William 1st Baron de Leybourne,  Constable of Pevensey Castle, married Juliane de Sandwich, daughter of Sir Henry de Sandwich (d.before 20 June 1255), Lord of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, and brother of Sir Ralph de Sandwich,  captured at the Battle of Evesham in August 1265, fighting on Simon de Montfort’s side – on the opposite side to the Leyburnes – but pardoned on 28 November 1266. Evidently Edward I forgave him completely, as he was later Steward of Edward’s household.

A. 7.  Agatha de Ferrers (d.1306) married Hugh de Mortimer (d. before Jun. 1275), brother of Roger de Mortimer.

A. 8. Robert de Ferrers (1239 – 1279),  6th Earl of Derby, in 1266 he joined a number of previous Montfortian supporters, including Baldwin de Wake, lord of Chesterfield, in a fresh rebellion. Initially, it would seem that the rebels gathered at de Ferrers’ substantial Duffield Castle. However, from Tutbury, the royalist army, under Prince Henry, a nephew of Henry III., bypassed Duffield and proceeded to Chesterfield to intercept a force from the North under John d’Ayville. Married 1. in 1249 Marie de Lusignan, daughter of Hugh XII le Brun of Lusignan,  Comte de La Marche et d’Angouleme, half brother of Eleanor de Montfort.  Married 2. Alianore de Bohun (d.~ 1312), daughter of Eleanor de Braose (sister of Maud de Braose) and of Humphrey V de Bohun the younger 3rd Earl of Hereford  & Essex, Governor of Winchester, (~1230  d.   27 Aug 1265, Beeston Castle, prisoner after wounded at Battle of Evesham). Their children: Alianore de Ferrers married Robert (1st Baron) FitzWalter, (1247 (or ’38)- 1326) and their son John de Ferrers, first Baron of Chartley (1271 – 1312 Gascony)

A. 9. Joan (Margaret) de Ferrers (d.  1310) married Thomas the Wise (1st Lord) de Berkeley (d. -1321)

A. 10. William de Ferrers (d. by 1287) married 1. possible Anne le Despencer (b.~1248), daughter of  baronial leader Hugh II  le Despencer, Lord Constable of the Tower of London, Justiciar of England (1223 – 4 Aug 1265, k. at Battle of Evesham).

Their son William de Ferrers, 1st Lord Ferrers of Groby ( 1272 – 1325) married Margaret de Segrave, daughter of Nicholas, 1st Baron de Segravesupporter of Simon de Montfort, troop commander, eventually pardoned (~ 1238 – by 1295). Their children: Henry de Ferrers, 2nd Lord of Groby(~1303- 1343) and Anne de Ferrers of Groby (~1301 -1367) married Sir Edward le Despencer (d. 1342)

A. 11.  Agnes de Ferrers married Sir Robert de Muscegros ( de Musgrove), Lord of Kemerton, Boddington & Deerhurst.

A. 12.  Elizabeth de Ferrers (d. 1297) married 2.  Daffyd ap Gruffydd, son of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn of Wales . He succeeded his brother in 1282 as Daffyd III Prince of Wales.

Hawise of Chester de Keveliock

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Another Post by our friend Valentina Baciu adds to the material available on Simon’s English descendants. Enjoy!


Hawise of Chester de Keveliock

Havissa de Meschines, Countess of Lincoln (1180 -1243) married Robert de Quincy (~1172 –  ~ 1217), son of Margaret de Beaumont (sister of Amicie de Beaumont, Simon’s grandmother)  Hawise became suo jure Countess of Chester in April 1231 when her brother Ranulf de Blondeville, 1st Earl of Lincoln resigned the title in her favour.

Robert de Quincy’s sister, Hawise de Quincy (daughter of Margaret de Beaumont) married Hugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford. Their son Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford (c. 1240 – 1296) was among the followers of Simon de Montfort during the Second Barons’ War, and was with Simon’s son, Simon, when Edward I attacked Kenilworth Castle prior to the Battle of Evesham. De Vere’s title and property were forfeited, but restored shortly afterwards by the Dictum of Kenilworth. His son Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford married to Margaret Mortimer, daughter of Roger Mortimer, 1st Baron Wigmore

Their daughter:

Margaret de Quincy (~ 1208 – ~ 1258), Countess of Lincoln, cousin of Simon. Married:

I. first husband John de Lacy,  Lord of Pontefract Castle, Crusader, (~1192 – ~ 1240). On 23 November 1232, Margaret and her husband John de Lacy, Baron of Pontefract were formally invested by King Henry III as Countess and Earl of Lincoln

As the widowed Countess of Lincoln suo jure, Margaret was brought into contact with some of the most important people in the county of Lincolnshire. Among these included Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, the most significant intellectual in England at the time who recognised Margaret’s position as Countess of Lincoln to be legitimate and important, and he viewed Margaret as both patron and peer. He dedicated Les Reules Seynt Robert, his treatise on estate and household management, to her.

Their children:

a.1. Maud de Lacy, Countess of Lincoln, (~1223 – by 1289) married Richard de Clare2nd Earl of Gloucester, 6th Earl of Hertford, (1222 -1262, poisoned), son of Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford and Isabel Marshal, sister of Eleanor first husband. In 1238, Margaret and her husband paid King Henry the large sum of 5,000 pounds to obtain his agreement to the marriage of their daughter Maud to Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, 2nd Earl of Gloucester.

Their children:

1. Thomas de Clare, Lord of Thomond, Governor of London, (~1245 – 1288). Thomas was a close friend and intimate advisor of Prince Edward

2. Rohese (Roese) de Clare, Agnes Rose de Clare (1252 – aft. 1316) married Roger 1st Lord de Mowbray (1254 – 1297)

3. Gilbert the Red de Clare, 3rd/6th Earl of Gloucester, 7th Earl of Hertford (1243 – 1295) married:

– his first wife  Alice le Brun de Lusignan, sister of Eleanor de Montfort, (~1224 -1291).

– his second wife Joan Plantagenet of Acre, Princess of England (1272 – 1307), daughter of Edward I and Eleanor.

4. Margaret de Clare (b. ~1250 – 1312) married on 6 October 1272 Edmund of Almain, 2nd Earl of Cornwall, son of Richard of Cornwall. In 1264, after his father’s capture at the Battle of Lewes, Edmund was held prisoner with his father at Kenilworth Castle, being released in September 1265. Edmund obtained a four year lease of the town and Lordship of Leicester from Edmund Crouchback, who was still abroad on the crusade.

5. Isabel de Clare ( b. ~ 1240- 1270)  married  William VII of Montferrat, a marriage arranged by queen Eleanor, his aunt. William married as his second wife Beatrice de Castille, daughter of Alfonso X de Castille

a. 2. Edmund de Lacy, 2nd Earl of Lincoln (d. by 1258) married in 1247 Alaisia del Vasto, (Alicia di Saluzzo, daughter of Manfredo del Vasto di Saluce, sister in law of Beatrice de Hohenstaufen) (d. by 1311). He was brought up at the royal court of Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence, and made a ‘Savoyard’ marriage to one of the queen’s relations. He married Alasia of Saluzzo (Alice de Saluces), the daughter of Manfred III of Saluzzo and sister to Thomas I of Saluzzo. (Saluzzo is in Piedmont, now part of Italy.) Alasia had been brought to England by Peter II, Count of Savoy, Eleanor’s uncle.

Their son Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln ( 1251- 1311). Margaret and her Italian daughter-in-law Alasia of Saluzzo shared in the wardship of Henry who was Margaret’s heir, and the relationship between the two women appeared to have been cordial.

Henry held several important political and military posts including King’s Edward I Lieutenant, married Margaret LongespeeCountess of Salisbury, (by 1261 – by 1311), greatgranddaughter of Henry II. Their daughter Alice de Lacy married Thomas Plantagenet, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, son of Edmund Crouchback (1245–1296) and of Blanche d’Artois, sister of Robert II d’Artois. By his marriage to Alice de Lacy, Countess of Lincoln, he became Earl of Lincoln, Earl of Salisbury, 11th Baron of Halton and 7th Lord of Bowland upon the death of his father-in-law in 1311. Master of five earldoms, he was one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in England.

II. her second husband in 1242 Walter Marshal, 5th Earl of Pembroke (1196 – 1245), the fourth son of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke (former brother in law of Eleanor). As Walter’s widow, Margaret received a dower third from the Pembroke earldom and lordships, and as such she controlled most of the extensive Pembroke estates as her third outweighed the individual holdings of the 13 different co-heirs of his five sisters. this brought her into direct conflict with her own daughter, Maud whose husband was by virtue of his mother Isabel Marshal one of the co-heirs of the Pembroke earldom.

Amicia de Meschines

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We continue with Valentina Baciu’s genealogy of Simon’s English descendents.


Amicia de Meschines

Married: Ralph de Mainwaring (de Mesnilwarin)

Their daughter Bertrade de Mainwaring (b.~1196) married Henry de Audley (b.~1175). Their daughter Alice de Audley married Peter de Montfort (~1215-1265) of Beaudesert, closely associated with Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, died with him at the Battle of Evesham. Their son Peter de Montfort married Maud de la Mare. Their son John de Montfort was created 1st Lord Montfort. Their daughter Elizabeth de Montfort (b. ~1273) married William de Montagu.

Guiburge de Montfort, aunt of Earl Simon

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

WE BEGIN with the first of the histories provided by Valentina Baciu.  Valentina is a regular contributor here and we’ll be devoting space to host this important material.


Guiburge de Montfort, aunt of Earl Simon

Married Guy I de Levis (1180-1230) son of Philippe de Lévis, first seigneur de Lévis. Participe comme lieutenant de Simon de Montfort à la croisade contre les albigeois. En récompense des services accomplis il recevra un fief composé de terres comprenant la seigneurie de Mirepoix, ainsi que les titres de Maréchal d’Albigeois, de seigneur de Mirepoix et de Montségur.

Simon de Montfort, prodigue avec ses proches lieutenants, lui donna la seigneurie de Mirepoix

Their son

Guy II, seigneur de Lévis-Saint-Nom et de Mirepoix (1210 – 1247 or before 1260), Florensac et Villeneuve, maréchal de la Foi (1230), Maréchal d’Albigeois (1234), croisé avec Bouchard de Montmorency-Marly

Married :

– ? Jeanne de Voisins, daughter of Pierre de Voisin, vasal de Simon de Montfort, Voisins are Seigneurs de Limoux (jusqu’en 1296), Arques, Reddes, Caderonne, Montferran, Blanchefort, Sougragne, Belcastel, Couffoulens etc., Sénéchal de Toulouse en 1254, et de Carcassonne en 1255

– ? Jeanne de Bruyeres, daughter of Pons de Bruyères, capitaine de Simon de Montfort, seigneur de Puivert.


– a. Algayette de Lévis (1230 – ) married Pierre I, seigneur de la Valette, de Cuzoul, de Saint-Igne et de Prévinquières (b. 1217), sénéchal du Périgord en 1258, son of Jourdain I de la Valette (1175 – 1258) and of  Esther de Foix, daughter of Raymond Roger, comte de Foix dit le Roux and of Philippa de Moncade. Their son Jourdain II, seigneur de la Valette, de Parizot, de Cuzoul, de Rieupeyroux, de Saint-Igne, de Maleville et de Prévinquières (1255 – 1302).

– b.  Eustache de Lévis married before 1261 Jean de Bruyères, Seigneur de Bruyères, baron de Puivert, Chalabre et dépendances, son of Agnès de Beaumont-Gâtinais and of Thomas III de Bruyeres, (vaillant chevalier, lieutenant de Simon de Montfort pendant la croisade contre les Albigeois), chambellan du roi Philippe III le Hardi, fut appelé en 1283 pour accompagner à Bordeaux ce prince en lutte contre les anglais. Ce dernier, en considération de ses services, le déchargea à perpétuité de toutes sortes d’impôts envers la Couronne.
– c. Jeanne de Levis married Philippe de Montfort seigneur de Castres
– d. Marguerite de Levis or Jeanne (as her second husband)  married de Mathieu II (d. 1280) seigneur de Marly and Gallardon, son of Bouchard II de Marly, (son of Mathilde de Châteaufort, daughter of Gasce de Poissy, seigneur de Châteaufort and of Constance de Courtenay, daughter of Pierre I de Courtenay) and of Agnès de Beaumont,  grand chambellan de France. Lorsque Simon de Montfort est assiégé à Castelnaudary, c’est Bouchard qui lui amène un convoi de vivres et de renforts. Ce convoi est attaqué par le comte de Foix, mais Simon fait alors une sortie et met en déroute la troupe du comte de Foix. Bouchard participe ensuite à la plupart des campagnes de son cousin, dont le premier siège de Toulouse (juin 1211), la bataille de Muret4 (12 septembre 1213). Their children :
– Bouchard III (d. 09/03/1297) seigneur de Marly
– Mathieu III (d. 27/01/1305) chevalier, seigneur de Marly (amiral de France -1295 ?), Echanson de France

e. Guy III de Levis, maréchal et seigneur de Mirepoix, seigneur de Montségur, de Florensac, de Pommerols, de Plaignes, de Lévis etc.
(1242-1299), (maintenu en possession de Florensac et Pommerols (terres données jadis à sa famille par Simon de Montfort)et de Plaignes (par échange avec Alphonse de Poitiers, comte de Toulouse et de Poitou), maréchal de la Foi, Lieutenant de Charles d’Anjou, roi de Sicile et de Naples, present at the battles in Sicile avec Philippe II de Montfort (in 1265, in 04/03/1266), reçoit en charge la Garde de la cité de Carcassone.

Married Isabelle de Montmorency de Marly, daughter of Bouchard II de Marly, granddaughter of Bouchard I de Marly, cousin of Alix de Montmorency, one of the most faithful supporters of Simon de Montfort.( Après la mort de Simon de Montfort, il seconde son fils Amaury VI de Montfort, puis participe à la croisade royale de Louis VIII et meurt au cours du siège d’Avignon in 1226). (Isabelle est veuve de Guillaume de Beaumont-Gâtinais( d. 19/12/1268) seigneur de Beaumont et de Villemomble, comte de Caserta (Campanie, Italie), Amiral du Royaume de Naples (1267), uncle of Isabelle de Beaumont, wife of Jean II de Montfort, comte de SquillaceIl accompagna Charles d’Anjou en Italie et prit part à la bataille de Bénévent in 1266, à la tête des troupes provençales).

Guy III de Levis est Maréchal de la Foi et se croisa en 1270. Ses armes et son nom figurent à la Salle des Croisades du Palais de Versailles

Their 12 children:

1 – Jean de Lévis III, maréchal et seigneur de Mirepoix, seigneur de Monségur, maréchal de la Foi (1270 -after 07.1318) married Constance de Foix, daughter of Roger Bernard III, Comte de Foix and Marguerite de Moncade.
2 – Thibaut, baron de Lapenne Il devint baron de Montbrun en épousant Anglésie de Montagu. Il est à l’origine de la branche Lévis-Montbrun.
3 – Pierre, seigneur de Villeneuve la Crémade et de Jouarre. Il fut évêque de Maguelonne, Cambrai, Bayeux.
4 – Philippe I de Levis, (1266-1304), seigneur de Florensac, vicomte de Lautrec par mariage avec Béatrix, vicomtesse de Lautrec, fille de Bertrand II, vicomte de Lautrec et Alasie de Najac le 19 septembre 1296. A l’origine de la branche Lévis Lautrec.
5 – Eustache married Béatrice de Thurey-Saissac.
6 – François seigneur de Lagarde et de Montségur married Hélix de Lautrec, daughter of Sir Sicard VII de Lautrec, Vicomte de Lautrec, Seigneur de Paulin. A l’origine de la branche Lévis-Lagarde-Montségur.
7 – Gui, religieux de l’ordre des frères mineurs de Mirepoix.
8 – Mathieu d. before 1300
9 – Bouchard, religieux
10 – Jeanne (d. 1306) married in 1277 her cousin Mathieu IV de Montmorency, grand chambellan de France, (son of Mathieu III, Sire de Montmorency and of Jeanne de Brienne), Sire de Montmorency, d’Ecouen, d’Argentan, Admiral of France (d. 1305). Their children: Jean I, Sire de Montmorency, d’Ecouen, Damville, & d’Argentan (d. June 1325) married Jeanne de Calletot; Mathieu V, Sire de Montmorency, Damville, & Ecouen; Alix de Montmorency (? – 1314); Isabeau de Montmorency
11 – Isabelle married in  1296 Renaud IV, Sire de Pons, Bergerac, Montignac, & Gensac. Their son: Helie Rudel II (Renaud), Sire de Pons, Bergerac, Montignac, Mouleydier, & Gensac
12 – Marguerite religieuse

Other children of Guy II de Levis :  Philippe, abbesse de Port Royal en 1273, morte le 19 juillet 1280 à l’abbaye de Port-Royal ; Yolande, religieuse à l’abbaye de Port Royal; Catherine, religieuse à Port Royal

Guy de Montfort – Castres, uncle of Earl Simon

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

We Continue…

with our guest posts from Valentina Baciu.

– Katherine

Guy de Montfort – Castres, uncle of Earl Simon

Seigneur de La Ferte-Alais, Béthencourt, Tyr et Sidon (1166 – 1229). Married Helvis d’ Ibelin, daughter of Balian II Ibelin, seigneur de Naplouse (who commanded the defense of Jerusalem against Saladin in 1187) and of Maria Komnene, widow of king Amalric I of Jerusalem. When Guy de Monfort arrived at Jaffa, he took part in King Amalric II of Jerusalem‘s expedition into Galilee. Amalric rewarded Guy’s service by arranging his marriage to Helvis. They married in 1204. He died in 31 janvier 1229 à Varilhes, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées. Their son:

Philippe I de Montfort, seigneur de Castres, Sidon, Tyr et Ferté-Alais (1205 – 17/03/1270, killed à Tyr, par des Assassins à la solde du Sultan Baïbars), châtelain de Roquecourbe (Albigeois), seigneur de La Ferté-Alais et Castres,  seigneur de Beynes, seigneur de Tyr (1246, don d’Henri de Lusignan, roi de Chypre et Régent de Jérusalem) et du Toron (1241-1267, perd Toron face au Mamelouks de Baïbars (1266)


A1. before 1229 (~1225) Eléonore de Courtenay (1208 – ~ 1230) (daughter of Pierre II, empereur de Constantinople and of Yolande de Hainaut, Impératrice de Constantinople (couronnée par le pape Honoré III, marquise, daughter of Baudouin V, comte de Flandres et de Hainaut and of Marguerite de Flandres; sister of Baudouin I and of Henri de Hainaut- Flandres, empereur de Constantinople). Her niece was Marie de Courtenay, wife of Anseau de Cayeux capitaine general de Charles I d’Anjou en Albanie (1273 -after1311)

A2. after 06/07/1240 Marie de Poitiers-Antioche, dame de Toron (daughter of Raymond Rupen, ancien prince d’Antioche, prétendant au Trône de la Petite Arménie and of Helvise de Lusignan de Chypre)

His son from first marriage:

I Philippe II de Montfort, Le Jeune ( ~1225 –  24/09/1270 in Tunis, in Louis IX Crusade) seigneur de la Ferté-Alais, de Bréthencourt et seigneur de Castres-en-Albigeois (de 1239 à 1270) et comte de Squillace (de 1268 à 1270), seigneur de Beynes (~1259), lieutenant de son père puis seigneur de Castres (dès~1260), La Ferté-Alais et LombersGouverneur de la Bigorre pour Simon de MontfortLieutenant de Charles d’Anjou à Naples (1265), fait comte de Squillace (en Pouille). Combattit sous les ordres de Charles d’Anjou à la conquête du royaume de Sicile de 1266 à 1268. A son retour in France, il fit construire le château de Roquecourbe, puis fonda la bastide de Técou. Il accompagna Saint-Louis dans la huitième croisade et y mourut de maladie.

Married in 1250 his cousin Jeanne de Lévis, daughter of Guy II de Levis (1225 – 1284). Their children:

A. Jean II de Montfort (d. before 04/12/1300), seigneur de Castres, comte de Squillace (Calabre, royaume de Naples) et de Montescaglioso (réside en Italie-Deux-Siciles), Chambellan du roi de Sicile (1273), capitaine-général de Calabre in 1290. Married:

1) Isabella Maletta

2) Giovanna di Fasanella

3) ~1290 Marguerite de Beaumont-en-Gâtinais (d. 03/1307, Marseille) dame de Montescaglioso (fille de Pierre II de Beaumont-en- Gâtinais, chambellan de Sicile, comte de Montescaglioso et de Alba, Grand Chambrier de Sicile), sister of Elisa de Beaumont-Gâtinais (d. after 25/03/1281), wife of Jean Britaud de Nangis, connétable de Sicile (d. 1278)

B. Dame Jeanne de Montfort de Chambéon (1250 – 1300), married

1. in 1268 her cousin Guigues VI d’Albon, comte de Forez, son of Renaud I, comte de Forez and of Dame Isabelle de Beaujeu. Their children:

–  Isabelle married in 1 Jun 1290 Beraud VIII Sire de Mercœur

– Jean I, comte de Forez married (third wife) Laure de Savoie (daughter of second husband of her mother, Louis de Savoie and of Adeline de Lorraine, daughter of Mathieu II Duke of Lorraine & his wife Catherine de Limbourg). Jeanne est régente de Forez de 1278 à 1290 pour Jean I, comte de Forez, son fils.

2. Louis I de Savoie, seigneur de Vaud, son of Thomas II, comte de Savoie, Flandre et Hainaut et Béatrice Fieschi, nièce du pape Innocent IV. (1254 ~ 1302 à Naples). They had 11 children.

Louis married in 1301 his third wife Isabelle d’Aulnay,(widow of Robert de Sauriac, Grand Seneschal of the Kingdom of Sicily) issue d’une famille de l’entourage des rois angevins de Naples. He dies lors d’une expédition militaire à Naples, à la cour du roi Charles II d’Anjou.

(Thomas II de Savoie: En 1236, il vit à la cour de France auprès de sa nièce, Marguerite de Provence (1221-1295), reine de France (1234-1270), épouse de Louis IX. Sa nièce voyage avec lui et un autre de ses oncles maternels, Guillaume, évêque de Valence. Henri III (1207-1272), en 1235, ravi du récit du portrait que lui fait son envoyé, d’Éléonore de Provence (1223-1291), nièce de Thomas II de Piémont, lui exprime son désir de la prendre pour épouse. He married his  first wife, Jeanne de Constantinople[1](1194 ou 1200[2] et morte le 5 décembre 1244), comtesse de Flandre et de Hainaut in 1237. Jeanne souhaite épouser Simon de Montfort, comte de Leicester in 1233, mais le roi de France refuse cette alliance. Thomas II, comte de Piémont, grand gonfalonnier du Saint-Siège, vicaire impérial en Lombardie et neveu du pape. Les souverains le prennent pour arbitre : le roi d’Angleterre et le roi de Navarre le consultent sur plusieurs différends et se soumettent à ses décisions.)

C. Dame Eléonore de Montfort (d. after 18/05/1338) comtesse de Vendôme, dame de Beynes, châtelaine de Bréthencourt (1295) et La Ferté- Alais, héritière de Castres et de fiefs en sud-Albigeois married  Jean V, comte de Vendôme, (d. after 1315) et seigneur de Castres (1300-1315) de la Maison de Montoire, fils de Bouchard V, comte de Vendôme et Marie de Roye, lieutenant de Charles d’Anjou en Pouilles (1282)Il passe une bonne partie de sa jeunesse à guerroyer en Italie au côté de Charles II d’Anjou, roi de Naples, puis en Espagne pour soutenir la candidature de Charles de Valois au trône d’Aragon. Il ne réside que peu dans le Vendômois, préférant Castres.

Their children:

C1. Yolande de Vendome (1270 – 1304), married Robert II de Dreux, vicomte de Beu et comte de Squillache, son of Robert I, seigneur de Beu, Nesle et Longueville. His sister Alix de Beu married in 1275 Yolande’s cousin, Raoul II de Clermont (d. 1302), seigneur de Nesle, futur connétable de France. Their children: Marie de Dreux (v.1288-1351) married Barthélémy I de Montbazon ; Robert III de Dreux, seigneur de Quincy (~1290-1351) ; Jean I de Dreux, seigneur de Beaussart (v.1290) married Marguerite de La Roche, héritière de Chateauneuf et fille d’Étienne, sire de la Roche (Création de la branche Dreux-Beaussart)

C.2 Jeanne de Vendôme (1275 – 1317) married his cousin Henri IV (1272-1343), seigneur de Sully, gouverneur de Navarre (1329 -1334), grand bouteiller de France, son of Henri III, seigneur de Sully, grandson of Dame Perrenelle de Joigny de Château-Renard (1230 – 1282), (daughter of Amicie de Montfort). Their son Jean II, seigneur de Sully (1305 – 1343) married in 1362 Marguerite de Bourbon, daughter of Louis I, duc de Bourbon  dit le Boiteux et Marie de Hainaut. Their son Louis I, seigneur de Sully (1330 – 1382)

C.3. Bouchard VI de Vendôme (d. 1354), comte de Vendôme, seigneur de Castres (1315-1354) de la Maison de Montoire. Married his cousin Alix de Bretagne (d. 1377), daughter of Arthur II, duc de Bretagne and of Yolande de Dreux. Bouchard fait l’acquisition, dans le sud de la France, de la seigneurie de Lautrec pour la joindre à celle de Castres.

C.4. Jean, seigneur de Feuillet (d. after 1323). His daughter Jeanne de Vendôme married 1. Robert Le Vicomte and 2. in 1345 Gilles Cholet, seigneur de Dangeau

D. Laure de Montfort (1260 – 1300) married Bernard VII Comte de Comminges, great grandson of Raimond Roger de Foix, (d. 1312). Their children:

D.1. Bernard VIII Comte de Comminges, Vicomte de Turenne, (1285-1336) married:

–  in 1312 Puelle d’Armagnac (1285-1313), daughter of Géraud VI, comte d’Armagnac and of Mathe de Béarn. (Geraud VI, en 1256, après la mort sans enfants de Mascarose II de Lomagne (first wife of Eschivat de Cabanais, son of Alix de Montfort BigorreGéraud, étant son plus proche parent, hérité des comtés d’Armagnac et de Fezensac. À la suite des multiples querelles avec le sénéchal du Languedoc, il fut capturé et emprisonné deux ans château de Péronne. Libéré, il se rapprocha d’Edouard Ier, roi de l’Angleterre, à qui il préta hommage. En 1260, il épousa Mathe de Béarn (1250 † ap.1317), fille de Gaston, vicomte de Béarn et de Mathe, comtesse de Bigorre, qui donna naissance à six enfants)

– in 1313 Marguerite, vicomtesse de Turenne, daughter of Raymond VI, vicomte de Turenne and of Leticia de Chabanais, daughter of Laure de Chabanais, daughter of Alix de Montfort Bigorre

– in  1314 Mathe (d. after 1345), daughter of Bernard IV, baron de l’Isle-Jourdain, and of Marguerite de Foix

D. 2. Pierre Raymond I de Comminges (1295- 24.04. 1341), married Françoise de Fézensac. Their daughter Jeanne de Comminges (1315 – ) married Géraud II d’ Armagnac, vicomte de Fézensaguet.

D.3. Alienor de Comminges married 1325 Gaston II (1309 – 1343 à Séville) de FOIX-BEARN, son of  Gaston I comte de Foix and Jeanne d’Artois, their son is Gaston III (Fébus) de Foix-Bearn,

D.3. Cecile de Comminges (b.1300) married Amanieu d’ASTARAC, son of Bernard IV d’ASTARAC and of  Mathe de FOIX, married in 1337 Jean II de Montferrat

D.4. Guy de Comminges (1290-1365) married Indie (Marguerite) de L’ISLE-JOURDAIN, daughter of  Jourdain IV le Vieux de L’ISLE-JOURDAIN

II Children of Philippe I de Montfort Castres from his second marriage

Jean I de Montfort (1240 – 27/11/1283 Tyr), seigneur de Tyr et de  Toron (échappe de peu à l’assassinat qui frappe son père ; confirme les libéralités de son père en faveur des Templiers (04/1257) rétablit (1277) les Vénitiens dans leurs possessions de Tyr,avec l’intervention des Templiers du Grand-Maître Guillaume de Beaujeu (élu 12/05/1273)

Married in 1268 (Chypre) Marguerite d’Antioche-Lusignan, princesse d’Antioche, dame de Tyr (d. 30/01/1308), daughter of Henry of Antioch and of Isabella of Antioch. Marguerite de Lusignan was the sister of king Hugh III of Cyprus, who later became king of Jerusalem and negotiated a certain number of alliances with the nobility of the kingdom in order to shore up his pretence against Charles I of Sicily. On the occasion of this marriage, Hugh III confirmed Montfort’s possession of Tyre but reserved the throne’s right to retake the fiefdom if Jean and Marguerite died without issue.

Jean de Montfort was lord of Toron from 1257 to 1266 and Lord of Tyre from 1270 to 1283).When he came of age, he received the lordship of Toron from his father, but the Mamluks conquered it in 1266. Jean succeeded his father in 1270 after he was killed by the Assassins, and governed Tyre until his death in 1283. He had no children, so Hugh III allowed Humphrey of Montfort to succeed his brother.

– Philippa de Montfort (d.1275, 1282, 1284?) married Guillaume I  d’Esneval, baron d’Esneval, member de l’échiquier de Caen (son of Robert II d’Esneval and of d’Anne Crespin)C

– Humphrey (Onfroi) I de Montfort (d. 12/02/1283/84) croisé (1270), seigneur de Beyrouth puis de Tyr (1283) married in 1269/74 (1270 ?) Eschive d’Ibelin, dame de Lapithos (1253- 1312) daughter of Jean d’Ibelin, seigneur de Beyrouth)

Peronelle de Montfort aunt of Earl Simon

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

More from our friend Valentina Baciu.  Please comment if you’d like to add your thoughts or express your appreciation for this thoughtfully researched material!

– Katherine

Peronelle de Montfort aunt of Earl Simon

In ~ 1180 married Barthélémy de Roye, Grand Chambrier de France (d. 24/01/1237/38) chevalier, seigneur d’Herelle (1199), comte de Roye, À partir de 1208, Barthélemy de Roye exerça la charge de Grand chambrier du Roi Philippe-Auguste dont il sauva la vie à Bouvines. L’un des personnages les plus importants de la cour du roi Philippe Auguste. Il participa aux côtés de ce dernier à la Troisième croisade. Il joua un grand rôle sous Louis VIII et la régence de Blanche de Castille, ambassadeur.

A. Their daughter Amicie de Roye (b. ~1205) (veuve, religieuse puis abbesse de Premy à Cambrai)

Married 1) Raoul du Sart, châtelain de Laon

Married 2) Guillaume IV Crespin, (d. 1283) baron du Bec-Crespin et de Dangu, seigneur d’Estrepagny. Their son Guillaume VI Crespin «Le Jeune» (1245- 1313) baron du Bec-Crespin, Dangu et Etrepagny , Lisors, Varenguebec et Neaufle, maréchal de France (~1282/83) et connétable héréditaire de Normandie, commissaire pour la réformation des bailliages d’Amiens, de Lille et de Tournai. Married in ~1262 Jeanne de Mortemer, baronne de Varenguebec, dame de La Luthumière et du Bec.

B. Their daughter Alix de Roye (~1195-~1223) married in ~ 1205 Jean III, comte d’ Alençon et du Perche. Married in 1214 Raoul de Nesle, seigneur de Falvy et la Herelle, ( ~1180 – before 02/1226), son of Jean I de Nesle, Burggraf von Brügge, seigneur de Nesle , Falvy et la Herelle et Élisabeth de Lambersart. B1. Their son Jean III de Nesle, comte de Ponthieu (1215 – 1292) married:

1.  in 1235 Béatrice de Joigny, daughter of Guillaume Ier de Joigny and of  Béatrice de Sancerre. Their children:

a. Jean IV, Seigneur de Falvy & de la Herelle(~1240 – 12/1300), croisé (8th Crusade)  married 2. Jeanne de Oudenaarde, dame de Baucignies (Belgique) et de Montcornet, (before 1253 – 1277) daughter of Sir Jean, (seigneur d’Audenarde & Rozoy-sur-Serre and Adele de Nesle Soissons)

2. between May 1260 and 9 February 1261 his second wife Jeanne de Dammartin (~1220-1278), comtesse de Ponthieu et d’Aumale, daughter of Simon II de Dammartin, comte d’Aumale and of Dame Marie de Bellême de Ponthieu (fille de Jean de Ponthieu et Montreuil et d’Alix de France), veuve de Ferrand (Fernando), roi de Castille, Tolède, Léon et Galice).

Their daughter, Jeanne de Nesle Falvy (1261-1280) married in 1270 Guillaume V(III) de Bethune, seigneur de Locres & Hébuterne (d.1279), son of Sir Guillaume IV de Bethune, seigneur de Locres and Beatrix de Hébuterne. Her son Sir Guillaume VI(IV) de Bethune, Loker & Hébuterne married Marie de Roye de la Ferte, daughter of Mathieu II de Roye de la Ferte and sister of Mathieu III de Roye, seigneur de La Ferté-en-Ponthieu husband of Marguerite de Picquigny (daughter of  Jean de Picquigny, vidame d’Amiens, and of Marguerite de Beaumetz). Her son Raoul de Béthune dit de Locres.


Amicie de Montfort

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Another contribution to the genealogy section of our blog.  We’re so glad to have Valentina Baciu detail her research into Simon De Montforte’s descendants. Comments are welcome!

– Katherine

Amicie de Montfort

Engaged to Jacques de Aragon, son of king Pedro de Aragon.

Married in 1226 Gaucher I de Joigny, Seigneur de Chateaurenard. (1161-1237). He fought at Béziers 1209 and Carcassonne 1209.

Their daughter:

Petronille (Perenelle) de Joigny, Dame de Chateaurenard et d’Amilly (1230 ~ 1282). Married:

I. in June 1249 her first husband, Pierre II de Courtenay-Mehun, Seigneur de Conchesde Mehun-sur-Yevre (1218- 8 February 1250 Mansourah), brother of Raoul de Courtenay (husband of Alix de Montfort) grandson of Pierre I de Courtenay. Son of Robert I de Courtenay (~1168 -1239, Palestine, crusader), seigneur (from 1205) de Champignelles, Châteaurenard, Charny-en-Gâtinais, Conches, Nonancourt, Mehun-sur-Yèvre, Sellessur-Cher, Chantecoq, Cloyes, Vermenton et Villeneuve-Les-Genêts, Grand Bouteiller de France (1223) (present  en Albigeois en 1210,  siege de Lavaur), present avec le Prince Louis en Angleterre, fait prisonnier en 1217)

Their daughter Amicie de COURTENAY, Heiress of Conches, (~ 1250-1275, Rome, Buried Rome, St.Peter) fiancée à Pierre, fils de Thibaud VI, comte de Champagne et Roi de Navarre. Married 13 june 1262 at Paris Robert II le noble comte d’ Artois, (1250-11 Jul 1302  k. at Battle of Courtrai) son of Robert I, Comte d’Artois (brother of  king Louis IX) and Mathilde of Brabant. Their children:

– a. Mathilde Comtesse d’ Artois or Mahaut Capet, (~1268- 1329), married Otton IV (V) de Bourgogne, (d. 1302), grandson of Otto de Hohenstaufen, son of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

– b. Philippe I comte d’ ARTOIS, Sire de CONCHES, etc., (~1269- 1298), married in 1290 Dame Blanche de Dreux de Brie-Comte-Robert, daughter of Jean II, duc de Bretagne et Béatrice, daughter of Edward I, princess of England , (~1270 – 1327). Their children:

– Margaret d’ Artois married in 1300 Louis, Count d’Evreux, son of Philip III le Hardi, King of France and Marie de Brabant

– Jeanne d’ Artois married in 1301 Gaston I de Foix, Count de Castelbon, son of Roger Bernard III, Comte de Foix and Marguerite de Moncade

– Robert III, Count of Richmond and Artois, Seigneur de Conches, married in 1318 Jeanne de Valois, daughter of Charles I de Valois, Alençon, Chartres, & Perche and Catherine de Courtenay

– Marie d’ Artois married in 1309 Jean I de Dampierre, Markgraf of Namur, son of Guy II de Dampierre, Count of Flanders, Markgraf of Namur, Vogt von Arras, Sire de Bethune, Herr von Dendermonde and Isabelle de Luxembourg

N.B. Blanche d’Artois (1248-1302), sister of Robert II d’Artois Mariée en 1269 en premières noces avec Henri Ier de Navarre (roi de 1270-1274) décédé en 1274, et en secondes noces en 1276 avec Edmund de Lancaster (1245-1296), son of Henri III . De 1274 à 1284 régente des royaume de Navarre et comtés du Brie, Champagne, Troyes et Meaux pour sa fille, Jeanne Ire de Navarre (reine de 1274 à 1305)

Perenelle de Joigny married:

2. In 1252 her second husband Henri II de Sully, Sire de Chapelle, Seigneur de Clemont (aft. 1224 – 1269 Italy), son of Henry I de Sully and Marie de Dampierre.  Henry II, Sire de Sully was born at Berry. Henry II, Sire de Sully died in 1269 at Tagliacozzo, L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Their children:

– a. Henry III (d.1285 in battle in Aragon), Sire de Sully, Bouteiller de France married in 1282 Marguerite de Beaumez, (daughter of Robert IV, Seigneur de Beaumez and Mahaut de Déols), veuve de Louis de Beaujeu, seigneur de Montferrand

Their son  Henry IV, Sire de Sully, baron de Chalus, Grand Bouteiller de France  married his cousin Jeanne de Vendome, daughter of Jean V, Comte de Vendome and Eleonore de Montfort-l’Amaury. Gouverneur du royaume de Navarre (1329-1334), reçoit le château de Lunel (cadeau de Philippe «Le Long» in 1318)

– Perenelle de Sully (d. after  January 1338) married 1. in 1296 Geoffroy de Lusignan, Seigneur de Jarnac & Chateau Larcher, son of Geoffroy I, Seigneur de Jarnac & Chateauneuf and Jeanne de Chatellerault. Perenelle de Sully married in 1308 her cousin John II the Good, Comte de Dreux, Braine, Montfort-l’Amaury, & Joigny, Seigneur de St. Valery, Gamaches, d’Ault, Dommart, Chateau-du-Loir, & Montpensier, son of Robert IV, Comte de Dreux and Beatrix de Montfort, in 1308.

– b.  Jeanne de Sully (d.~1306) married Adam IV, Vicomte de Melun, Seigneur de Montreuil-Belloy-en-Anjou, son of Adam III, Vicomte de Melun, Seigneur de Montreuil-Bellay and of Constance de Sancerre.

Guy de Montfort, Seigneur de Rambouillet, comte de Bigorre

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Valentina Baciu adds to the material available on Simon’s descendants in another Post to our Genealogy blog.


Guy de Montfort, Seigneur de Rambouillet, comte de Bigorre

Married Petronille de Comminges, Vicomtesse de Marsan, (d. aft. 1251).

A. Their daughter Alix de Montfort, comtesse de Bigorre (~1216 – ~ 1255),Vicomtesse de Marsan. Married:

I. her first husband Jourdain VIII de Chabanais, Jourdain-Eschivat, dit Eschivat III ( b~ 1190), great nephew of her mother’s last husband.

A. 1. Eschivat IV (d. 1283) comte de Bigorre (de 1255 à 1283) et comte d’Armagnac et de Fézensac (de 1255 à 1256), seigneur de Chabannais cède son comté à son oncle et tuteur Simon de Leicester pendant 10 ans. Married:

1) in 1255 Mascarose II de Lomagne d’Armagnac (d. 1255), comtesse d’Armagnac et de Fézensac

2) in 1256 Inès (ou Agnès) de Foix, daughter of Roger IV, comte de Foix.
granddaughter of Roger-Bernard II le Grand comte de Foix, vicomte de Castelbon, partisan des Albigeois puis réconcilié avec l’Eglise (Paix avec Louis IX en 1229). Her niece Constance de Foix  married in 1296  her husband’s cousin Jean de Levis, seigneur de Mirepoix. Her nephew Gaston I de Foix (1287- 13/12/1315 in battle), comte de Foix, vicomte de Béarn et de Castelbon married in 1301(at Senlis) her husband’s niece Jeanne d’Artois.
A.2. Laure de Chabannaiscomtesse de Bigorre (~1245- 1316). Elle lsuccèda son frere dans la possession des terres de Chabanais et de Confolens.
Married 1. her first husband  ?….. de Rochechouart? (1215-1284) seigneur d’Availles

Their children:

a. ?Aymeri de Rochechouart ? (1260-d. 1304). His daughter Lore (Laure) of Rochechouart- Chabannais, Dame de Availles-Limousine, Chabanais, Confolens, (~1285-~ 1356?) married his cousin Simon, vicomte de Rochechouart  (in 1306), Seigneur de Tonnay- Charente, Saint-Germain et Availles ( 1270-~ 1349) avec dispense du pape.

b. Léticie de Rochechouart married Raymond VI, vicomte de Turenne (d. in battle in 1304, Flandres) son of Raymond V de Turenne. Their daughter Marguerite de Turenne married Bernard VII, comte de Comminges.

c. Adélaïde de Rochechouart married her cousin Aimery de Rochechouart, seigneur d’Availles.

Married 2. her second husband Raymond VI, vicomte de Turenne

II  Married in ~1247 Raoul de Courtenay (1223 – 1271 Naples), son of Robert I de Courtenay, cousin of Charles de Anjou, (grandson of Pierre I de France and Elisabeth de Courtenay), seigneur d’Illiers, Neuvy, Paudy, Tramelay, Pymorin, comte de Chieti (Abruzzes), au Royaume de Naples. Their daughter Mahaut de Courtenay (~1254 – 1303, Naples), comtesse di Chieti e Teano, dame de Pandy et Neuvy, married in 1284 (before 25/06), at  Wijnendaele, Philippe de Dampierre-Flandres ( ~1263 -11/1318, Italie), comte di Teano, brother of Guillaume de Dampierre, son of her cousin Alix de Clermont Nesle.

B. Peronelle de Montfort, dame de Rambouillet married Raoul IV (Paynel de La Roche-)Tesson, sénéchal de Normandie. Their children:

–  Jean I de La Roche-Tesson married  Jeanne des Moutiers. They had 12 children, dont Jean II de La Roche-Tesson

– Guillaume Tesson (before 1270- before 1313) seigneur de La Roche-Tesson, L’Espinay, Le Tesson et Percy

– Jeanne Tesson married Robert III de Bricqueville chevalier, seigneur de Bricqueville et Laune. Their son Jean de Bricqueville (d. 25/04/1340) married in 1330 Jeanne de Calletot