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Amedee of Savoy

Male 1197 - 1253  (56 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Amedee of Savoy was born in 1197 (son of Tomaso I and Margaret of Geneva); died on 24 Jun 1253 in Montmelian, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 11 Jul 1253, Montmelian, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
    • Alternate death: 13 Jul 1253


    Also called Amadeo, Amadeus. Count of Savoy. "Generally a supporter of Friedrich II in Italy, who made him Duke of Chablais in 1238, but after his death a supporter of the pope; with the financial help of Henry III of England won additional lands to provide for his brothers; curtailed the power of local lords by enhancing that of appointed officials." [The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, citation details below.]

    Amedee married Marguerite of Burgundy in 1222. Marguerite (daughter of Hugh III and Beatrice of Albon) was born in 1192; died in 1242. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Margereta of Savoy died in 1254.
    2. Beatrice of Savoy was born on 4 Mar 1223; died before 10 May 1259.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Tomaso I was born on 20 Mar 1177 in Charbonnieres Castle, Savoy (son of St. Umberto and Beatrice de Mâcon); died on 20 Jan 1233 in Aosta, Savoy; was buried in Aosta, Savoy.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1178, Aiguebelle, Savoy
    • Alternate birth: 20 May 1178
    • Alternate death: 1 Mar 1233, Moncalieri, Piedmont, Italy


    Count of Savoy. He was named after Thomas Becket.

    Tomaso married Margaret of Geneva in May 1195. Margaret (daughter of William I of Geneva and Beatrice de Faucigny) died on 13 Apr 1236. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Margaret of Geneva (daughter of William I of Geneva and Beatrice de Faucigny); died on 13 Apr 1236.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1256
    • Alternate death: 8 Sep 1257


    Also called Beatrice of Geneva.

    1. Beatrice of Savoy died in Dec 1266.
    2. Thomas of Savoy died on 7 Feb 1259.
    3. 1. Amedee of Savoy was born in 1197; died on 24 Jun 1253 in Montmelian, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  St. Umberto was born about 4 Aug 1136 (son of Amadeo III and Mahaut of Albon); died on 4 Mar 1189.


    Also called Humbert. Count of Savoy, Maurienne, and Turin.

    From Tom Major's "Saint of the Day" site:

    March 4 -- Feast of Blessed Umberto III of Savoy

    Humbert Humbert is the creepy stepfather narrating Nabokov's Lolita. He has a thing for young girls--nymphets, he calls them.

    Humbert III had an opposite problem. He had a monastic vocation. Christopher Cope's The Lost Kingdom of Burgundy days that he "was disconsolate at being a prince and preferred the seclusion of the monastery." Unfortunately for him, he was the only son of Amadeus, Duke of Savoy. When Amadeus died, the thirteen-year-old Umberto was plunked on the throne, like it or not, shut up and put your crown back on, Your Grace.

    The primary responsibility of any landed nobleman in the feudal age was to have a son, of course. This would mean that inheritance was clear and no wars for succession would be fought. There's nothing wrong with young Faidiva of Toulouse, Your Grace. Now do your duty and get into bed. Sadly, poor Faidiva died young. Eighteen-year-old Umberto, having done his best, entered a Carthusian monastery.

    Not so fast, your Grace. Blood will run through the streets of Cambrai if you don't come back and get married again. Here's lovely Gertrude of Flanders. I know you two will hit it off. Oh my, it's getting late. Off to bed with the two of you.

    They didn't 'hit it off.' In fact, Umberto divorced her and locked her up. Bishop Robert kindly let her out and sent her back to her brother, the Count of Flanders, but still there was no heir.

    Your Grace, we know you haven't had much joy in marriage. No, we're not suggesting anything. We just think it is worth trying again. Third times a charm, they say. And take a look at Clementia of Zahringen! She's the divorced wife of Henry the Lion of Saxony. Now, now. You're divorced yourself, you know. And besides, she's got a track record. A son and two daughters by Henry. Not another word about it, Your Grace. Now get busy.

    Clementia made a valiant effort, bearing two daughters before her death. Despondent over the loss of another wife, Henry thought about withdrawing to a monastery in grief but wiser heads prevailed.

    The way of all flesh, Your Grace. Speaking of which, you yourself are not getting any younger, you know. You turned forty this year, sir, and we still don't have an heir. Have you met Beatrice of Viennois? Yes, she's thirty-eight, but there's plenty of child-bearing time left. Well, not plenty, but enough. If Your Grace gets the lead out.

    Tommaso of Savoy was born in 1178. Saint Anthelm himself had blessed Umberto three times to help bring young Thomas (named for Thomas á Becket) into the world. Tommaso was about ten when Umberto, having founded the Monastery of Sant'Antonio di Ranverso, died.

    When I read about Humbert's divorce and imprisonment of his ex-wife, I wondered how this guy got beatified. But on reflection, he plainly had a divine vocation, and he sacrificed that for the sake of temporal responsibilities. It might seem to be the opposite of Jesus' advice to the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-27, but perhaps it is not. Maybe the act of sacrifice, whether one is giving up the riches of the palace or the austerity of the monastery, is what stores up treasure in the Kingdom of Heaven.


    Note that Umberto and his fourth wife Beatrice were second cousins once removed, as William "The Great" of Burgundy (d. 1087) was his great-grandfather and her great-great grandfather. Presumably a papal dispensation was obtained.

    Umberto married Beatrice de Mâcon about 1175. Beatrice (daughter of Gerard I of Burgundy and Guyonne de Salins) died before 8 Apr 1230 in Champagne-et-Fontaine, Aquitaine, France. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Beatrice de Mâcon (daughter of Gerard I of Burgundy and Guyonne de Salins); died before 8 Apr 1230 in Champagne-et-Fontaine, Aquitaine, France.


    Also called Beatrix d'Ivrea de Vienne; Beatrice of Viennois.

    1. 2. Tomaso I was born on 20 Mar 1177 in Charbonnieres Castle, Savoy; died on 20 Jan 1233 in Aosta, Savoy; was buried in Aosta, Savoy.

  3. 6.  William I of Geneva was born in 1130 (son of Amadeus I and Matilda of Cuiseaux); died on 25 Jul 1195.


    Count of Geneva.

    William married Beatrice de Faucigny after 1172. Beatrice (daughter of Aymon I de Faucigny) died between 1174 and 1179. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Beatrice de Faucigny (daughter of Aymon I de Faucigny); died between 1174 and 1179.
    1. 3. Margaret of Geneva died on 13 Apr 1236.
    2. William II of Geneva died on 25 Nov 1252.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Amadeo III was born about 1095 (son of Umberto II of Savoy and Gisela of Burgundy); died on 30 Aug 1148 in Cyprus; was buried in Church of St. Croix, Nicosia, Cyprus.


    Count of Savoy, Maurienne, and Turin. Died on crusade.

    "Amadeus had a tendency to exaggerate his titles, and also claimed to be Duke of Lombardy, Duke of Burgundy, Duke of Chablais, and vicar of the Holy Roman Empire, the latter of which had been given to his father by Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor." [Wikipedia]

    Amadeo married Mahaut of Albon in 1123. Mahaut (daughter of Guigues VIII of Albon and Matilda) died after 1145. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 9.  Mahaut of Albon (daughter of Guigues VIII of Albon and Matilda); died after 1145.


    Also called Matilda.

    1. Agnes of Savoy died before 1172.
    2. Alix of Savoy
    3. Mafalda of Savoy was born about 1125 in Savoy, Italy; died on 4 Nov 1157 in Coimbra, Portugal; was buried in Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra, Portugal.
    4. 4. St. Umberto was born about 4 Aug 1136; died on 4 Mar 1189.

  3. 10.  Gerard I of Burgundy was born in 1125 (son of William IV of Burgundy and Poncette de Traves); died on 14 Sep 1184.


    Also called Géraud of Mâcon. Count of Mâcon and Vienna.

    Gerard married Guyonne de Salins about 1160. Guyonne (daughter of Gaucher de Salins) died after 1200. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 11.  Guyonne de Salins (daughter of Gaucher de Salins); died after 1200.


    Also called Guigonne.

    1. 5. Beatrice de Mâcon died before 8 Apr 1230 in Champagne-et-Fontaine, Aquitaine, France.

  5. 12.  Amadeus I was born in 1100 (son of Aimon I and Ita); died on 26 Jun 1178.


    Count of Geneva.

    Amadeus married Matilda of Cuiseaux. Matilda (daughter of Hugh) died on 2 Jul 1137. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  6. 13.  Matilda of Cuiseaux (daughter of Hugh); died on 2 Jul 1137.
    1. 6. William I of Geneva was born in 1130; died on 25 Jul 1195.

  7. 14.  Aymon I de Faucigny (son of Rodolphe I de Faucigny); died after 1151.
    1. 7. Beatrice de Faucigny died between 1174 and 1179.