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Bonifacio di Saluzzo

Male Abt 1172 - 1212  (~ 40 years)

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  1. 1.  Bonifacio di Saluzzo was born Abt 1172 (son of Manfredo II del Vasto and Azalaïs of Montferrat); died 1212.


    Marquis of Saluzzo. "In 1197 he was given extensive lands by his uncle Bonifacio di Monferrato. In 1212 he led an army in defense of Cuneo and perhaps died in battle." [The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, citation details below.]

    Bonifacio married Maria di Torres 24 Aug 1202. Maria (daughter of Comita III, Giudice of Logudoro and Ispella de Lacon-Serra) died Aft 1215. [Group Sheet]

    1. Manfredo III di Saluzzo was born Abt 1204; died Bef 12 Oct 1244.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Manfredo II del Vasto was born Abt 1140 (son of Manfredo I del Vasto and Eliana); died 1215.


    Marquess of Saluzzo.

    Manfredo — Azalaïs of Montferrat. Azalaïs (daughter of William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat and Judith of Babenberg) was born 1150; died 1232; was buried , Staffarda Abbey, Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Azalaïs of Montferrat was born 1150 (daughter of William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat and Judith of Babenberg); died 1232; was buried , Staffarda Abbey, Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1164
    • Alternate death: Aft 1231


    Also Adelasia, Alasia, etc. Regent of Saluzzo during her grandson's minority.

    From Wikipedia:

    Like her brother Boniface, Azalaïs was a patron of troubadours. She is mentioned in Peire Vidal's song, Estat ai gran sazo:

    Dieus sal l'onrat marques
    E sa bella seror...
    (God save the honoured marquis
    And his beautiful sister)

    and is the dedicatee of his Bon' aventura don Dieus als Pizas.

    Around 1192, she had built the church of San Lorenzo, which she granted to the canons of San Lorenzo in Oulx; her eldest son, Boniface, named after her brother, is mentioned for the first time in the donation. However, Boniface died in 1212, and with the death of her husband in February 1215, Azalaïs became regent of Saluzzo for her grandson, Manfred III.

    In 1216, she made a treaty with Thomas I of Savoy for a marriage between his son Amadeus and her granddaughter Agnes. However, the marriage never took place, possibly on grounds of consanguinity, since Azalaïs was a first cousin of Thomas's father. Amadeus married Anne of Burgundy, and Agnes became Abbess of the Cistercian convent of Santa Maria della Stella in Rifreddo. Azalaïs also made political and ecclesiastical agreements with Alba and with the Bishop of Asti.

    When young Manfred reached his majority in 1218, Azalaïs returned to church patronage. In 1224, she endowed the convent of Rifreddo with the income of the church of San Ilario. In 1227, she made further grants to the canons of Oulx.

    1. (Unknown) del Vasto
    2. 1. Bonifacio di Saluzzo was born Abt 1172; died 1212.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Manfredo I del Vasto (son of Boniface del Vasto and Agnes de Vermandois); died 1175.


    First Marquess of Saluzzo.

    Manfredo — Eliana. Eliana was born Abt 1110. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Eliana was born Abt 1110.


    Van de Pas shows her as Eliani "di Arborea," daughter of Gonnario II, jure uxoris Judge of Arborea, and Eliana de Lacon-Zori, daughter and heir of Comita I, Judge of Arborea, but he notes that this identification is "not rock solid." This couple is already identifibly ancestral to TNH (and millions of other English and American descendants of Richard Fitz Alan and Alice of Saluzzo) through their son Constantine I.

    Arborea was one of the four giudicati, principalities held and ruled by judges, that formed on Sardinia as Byzantine power gradually withdrew from the island. These were effectively independent by the mid-11th century, although they fell into the hands of foreign dynasties over the next several generations.

    1. 2. Manfredo II del Vasto was born Abt 1140; died 1215.

  3. 6.  William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat was born Abt 1115 (son of Rainier of Montferrat and Gisela of Burgundy); died 1191, Tyre.


    Also Guilhem, Gugliemo, Guillermo. Marquess of Montferrat.

    From Wikipedia:

    Dynastically, he was extremely well-connected: a nephew of Pope Callixtus II, a half-brother of Amadeus III of Savoy, a brother-in-law of Louis VI of France (through his half-sister Adelasia of Moriana), and cousin of Alfonso VII of Castile. [...] William and Judith's powerful dynastic connections created difficulties in finding suitable wives for his sons, however: too many potential spouses were related within prohibited degrees. In 1167, he unsuccessfully tried to negotiate marriages for his eldest sons to daughters of Henry II of England - but the girls were very young at the time and were related through Judith's descent from William V of Aquitaine. He then applied for sisters of William I of Scotland, who were not related, but were already married.


    William took part in the Second Crusade, alongside his half-brother Amadeus of Savoy (who died during the campaign), his nephew Louis VII of France, his brother-in-law Count Guido of Biandrate, and his wife's German and Austrian relatives.

    As supporters of the imperial party (later known as the Ghibellines), he and his sons fought [alongside] the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (Judith's nephew) in his lengthy struggle against the Lombard League. Following Barbarossa's capitulation with the Peace of Venice in 1177, William was left to deal with the rebellious towns in the area alone. Meanwhile, the Byzantine emperor Manuel I Komnenos sought support for his own politics in Italy.

    William broke with Barbarossa and formed an alliance with Manuel. His eldest surviving son, Conrad, was taken prisoner by Barbarossa's Chancellor, Archbishop Christian of Mainz, but then captured the chancellor in battle at Camerino. In 1179 Manuel suggested a marriage between his daughter Maria, second in line to the throne, and one of William's sons. As Conrad and Boniface were already married, the youngest son, Renier, was married off to the princess, who was ten years his senior. Renier and Maria were later killed during the usurpation of Andronikos, and the family rebuilt ties with Barbarossa.

    In 1183, with the accession of his grandson Baldwin V, a minor, as co-King of Jerusalem, William, then probably in his late sixties, left the government of Montferrat to Conrad and Boniface, and returned to the east. He was granted the castle of St. Elias (present-day Taybeh). He fought in the Battle of Hattin in 1187, where he was captured by Saladin's forces. In the meantime, his second son, Conrad, had arrived at Tyre from Constantinople. Conrad was given the command of the defences. During the siege of Tyre in November that year, he is said to have refused to surrender as much as a stone of its walls to liberate his father, even threatening to shoot him with a crossbow himself when Saladin had him presented as a hostage. Eventually, Saladin withdrew his army from Tyre. In 1188, William was released unharmed at Tortosa, and seems to have ended his days in Tyre, with his son. He probably died in the summer of 1191: Conrad last describes himself as "marchionis Montisferrati filius" in a charter of May that year.

    William married Judith of Babenberg Bef 28 Mar 1133. Judith (daughter of St. Leopold and Agnes of Germany) was born 1115; died Aft 18 Oct 1168. [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Judith of Babenberg was born 1115 (daughter of St. Leopold and Agnes of Germany); died Aft 18 Oct 1168.


    Also called Jutta, Julitta, Ita, Judith von Österreich.

    1. 3. Azalaïs of Montferrat was born 1150; died 1232; was buried , Staffarda Abbey, Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Boniface del Vasto was born Abt 1060 (son of Otto of Savona and Bertha of Turin); died Between 1125 and 1130.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Abt 1130


    Also called Boniface of Saluzzo, Bonifacio de Saluces, Bonifacio di Revello, Boniface de Clavesana, etc. Margrave of Savona and Western Liguria.

    Boniface married Agnes de Vermandois Aft 1111. Agnes (daughter of Hugues le Grand and Adèle de Vermandois) died Aft 1125. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Agnes de Vermandois (daughter of Hugues le Grand and Adèle de Vermandois); died Aft 1125.
    1. 4. Manfredo I del Vasto died 1175.
    2. Anselmo del Vasto died Aft 1140.
    3. Sybille de Saluzzo died Bef 11 Dec 1146.

  3. 12.  Rainier of Montferrat was born Abt 1084 (son of William IV of Montferrat and Otta di Aglié); died Bef 1137.


    Also called Renier. Margrave of Montferrat.

    Rainier married Gisela of Burgundy 1105. Gisela (daughter of William I "The Great" of Burgundy and Stephanie) was born Abt 1070; died Aft 1133. [Group Sheet]

  4. 13.  Gisela of Burgundy was born Abt 1070 (daughter of William I "The Great" of Burgundy and Stephanie); died Aft 1133.


    Marchioness of Montferrat.

    1. Joanna of Montferrat
    2. 6. William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat was born Abt 1115; died 1191, Tyre.

  5. 14.  St. Leopold was born 1073 (son of Leopold II and Ida of Austria); died 15 Nov 1136, Vienna, Austria; was buried , Klosterneuburg Monastery, Klosterneuburg, Austria.


    Margrave of Austria.

    From Wikipedia:

    Saint Leopold III (German: Luitpold, 1073 – 15 November 1136), known as Leopold the Good, was the Margrave of Austria from 1095 to his death in 1136. He was a member of the House of Babenberg. He was canonized on 6 January 1485 [by Innocent VII] and became the patron saint of Austria, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, and Vienna. His feast day is 15 November. [...]

    Leopold called himself "Princeps Terræ", a reflection of his sense of territorial independence. He was considered a candidate in the election of the Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire in 1125, but declined this honour.

    He is mainly remembered for the development of the country and, in particular, the founding of several monasteries. His most important foundation is Klosterneuburg (1108). According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to him and led him to a place where he found the veil of his wife Agnes, who had lost it years earlier. He established the Klosterneuburg Monastery there. He subsequently expanded the settlement to become his residence.

    Leopold also founded the monasteries of Heiligenkreuz, Kleinmariazell and Seitenstetten which developed a territory still largely covered by forest. All of these induced the church to canonize him in 1485.

    Leopold also fostered the development of cities, such as Klosterneuburg, Vienna and Krems. The last one was granted the right to mint but never attained great importance.

    St. married Agnes of Germany 1106. Agnes (daughter of Heinrich IV, Holy Roman Emperor and Bertha of Turin) was born 1073; died 24 Sep 1143; was buried , Klosterneuberg, Austria. [Group Sheet]

  6. 15.  Agnes of Germany was born 1073 (daughter of Heinrich IV, Holy Roman Emperor and Bertha of Turin); died 24 Sep 1143; was buried , Klosterneuberg, Austria.


    Also called Agnes of Waiblingen; Agnes von Franken.

    1. Agnes of Babenberg was born Between 1108 and 1113; died 25 Jan 1157; was buried , Pforta Abbey, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany,.
    2. 7. Judith of Babenberg was born 1115; died Aft 18 Oct 1168.