Thomas I of Savoy


Thomas I of Savoy

Thomas I or Tommaso I (c. 1176 – March 1, 1233) was Count of Savoy from 1189-1233. He was the son of Humbert III of Savoy and Beatrice of Viennois. His birth was seen as miraculous; his monkish father had despaired of having a male heir after three wives. Count Humbert sought counsel from St. Anthelm, who blessed Humbert three times, and it was seen as a prophecy come true when Thomas was born shortly before Anthelm himself died on June 26, 1178. He was named in honour of Saint Thomas Becket.

Thomas was still a minor when his father died on 4 March 1189, and a council of regency was established, comprising of his mother Beatrice, his father's cousin Boniface I of Montferrat, and the Bishop of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. He had reached his majority by August 1191. Thomas possessed the martial abilities, energy, and brilliance that his father lacked, and Savoy enjoyed a golden age under his leadership. Despite his youth he began the push northwest into new territories. In the same year he granted Aosta Valley the "Carta delle Franchigie", recognising the right to administrative and political autonomy. This right was maintained up until the eve of the French Revolution. Later he conquered Vaud, Bugey, and Carignano. He supported the Hohenstaufens, and was known as "Thomas the Ghibelline" because of his career as Imperial Vicar of Lombardy.

Family and children

In 1195 he ambushed the party of Count William I of Geneva, which was escorting the count's daughter, Marguerite of Geneva, to France for her intended wedding to King Philip II of France. Thomas carried off Marguerite and married her himself, producing some eight sons and six daughters.:# Amedeo, his immediate successor:# Umberto, d. between March and November 1223 :# Tommaso, lord and then count in Piedmont and founder of a line that became the Savoy-Achaea:# Aimone, d. August 30 1237, Lord of Chablais:# Guglielmo (William of Savoy), Bishop of Valence and Dean of Vienne:# Amadeo of Savoy, Bishop of Maurienne:# Pietro, who resided much in England, became Earl of Richmond, and ultimately in 1263 became the disputed count of Savoy:# Filippo, archbishop of Lyon, who resigned, through marriage became Count Palatine of Burgundy and ultimately in 1268 became the disputed count of Savoy:# Bonifacio who became archbishop of Canterbury:# Beatrice of Savoy, d. 1265 or 1266, married in December 1219 to Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence (1209-1245) and was mother of four Queens-consort:# Alasia of Savoy, abbess of the monastery of St Pierre in Lyon (d.1250):# Ágatha of Savoy, abbess of the monastery of St Pierre in Lyon (d.1245):# Margherita of Savoy, d. 1273, married in 1218 to Hartmann I of Kyburg :# Avita of Savoy (1215-92) who married Baldwin de Redvers, 7th Earl of Devon and Robert Aguillon (d.1286).

Further reading

* Francesco Cognasso, "Il Piemonte nell’Età Sveva" (Turin, 1968)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Thomas Francis, 1st Prince of Carignano — Thomas Francis of Savoy (december 21, 1596 january 22, 1656), Italian Tommaso Francesco di Savoia, Principe di Carignano, French Thomas François de Savoie, Prince de Carignan, the founder of the Savoy Carignano branch of the House of Savoy which… …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas II of Piedmont — Thomas II (circa 1199 ndash; 1259) was the Count of Piedmont from 1233 to his death, Count of Flanders jure uxoris from 1237 to 1244, and regent of the County of Savoy from 1253 to his death, while his nephew Boniface was fighting abroad. He was… …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas III of Piedmont — Count Thomas III, called Thomas of Savoy or de Savoie (1248 ndash; 16 May 1282), was the lord of Piedmont and a claimant to the county of Savoy from 1268.He was the eldest son of Thomas II of Savoy and Beatrice di Fieschi, niece of Pope Innocent… …   Wikipedia

  • Savoy — • A district in the south eastern part of France that extends from the Lake Geneva to south of the River Arc Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Savoy     Savoy      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Thomas Fuller — (1608 ndash; August 16, 1661) was an English churchman and historian.LifeThe eldest son of Thomas Fuller, rector of Aldwinkle St Peter s, Northamptonshire, he was born at his father s rectory and was baptised on June 19 1608. Dr John Davenant,… …   Wikipedia

  • Savoy Truffle — Исполнитель The Beatles Альбом Белый альбом Дата выпуска 22 ноября 1968 Дата записи …   Википедия

  • Thomas Palaiologos — or Palaeologus (Greek: Θωμάς Παλαιολόγος, Thōmas Palaiologos ) (1409 ndash; May 12, 1465) was Despot in Morea from 1428 until the Ottoman conquest in 1460. After the desertion of his older brother to the Turks in 1460, Thomas Palaiologos became… …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas Nicolai — als „Patrick Schleifer“ Thomas Nicolai (* 8. Dezember 1963 in …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Savoy Truffle — «Savoy Truffle» Canción de The Beatles Álbum The Beatles Publicación 22 de noviembre de 1968 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Thomas Round — (born October 18 1915) is a retired English opera singer and actor, best known for his performances in the tenor roles of the Savoy Operas with the D Oyly Carte Opera Company, Sadler s Wells Opera (now known as English National Opera), and… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.