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Azalaïs of Montferrat

Female 1150 - 1232  (82 years)


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  • Name Azalaïs of Montferrat 
    Born 1150  [1
    Gender Female 
    Alternate birth Abt 1164  [2
    Alternate death Aft 1231  [2
    Died 1232  [1
    Buried Staffarda Abbey, Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9495  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father William V "il Vecchio" of Montferrat,   b. Abt 1115,   d. 1191, Tyre Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Judith of Babenberg,   b. 1115,   d. Aft 18 Oct 1168  (Age > 53 years) 
    Married Bef 28 Mar 1133  [1
    Family ID F5428  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Manfredo II del Vasto,   b. Abt 1140,   d. 1215  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Children 
    +1. (Unknown) del Vasto
    +2. Bonifacio di Saluzzo,   b. Abt 1172,   d. 1212  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F5410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.

    2. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.