Count Thomas SAVOY, I
- Born: 20 May 1177, Carbonierres, Savoy, France
- Married: May 1195
- Died: 20 Jan 1233, Aosta, Piedmont, Italy
Another name for Thomas was SAVOY Count.
Ancestral File Number: 9HLZ-7D. User ID: 18909750.
Count of SAVOY 1189-1233.
A History of The Plantagenets, Vol II, The Magnificent Century, Thomas B Costain 1951, Doubleday & Co, p141:
"The start had beenmore than auspicious, but Henry promptly destroyed the fine effect of it by not sending back the large train of attendants accompanying the Queen. Louis of France had packed them all off as soon as he married Marguerite (Blanche of Castile, that managing woman, saw to it), but Henry liked them so much he could not part with them. Three uncles had come to England with the Queen. One of them, William, the bishop-elect of Valence, gained an immediate hold over Henry, who considered himwise and enlightened and listened to everything he said. Peter of Savoy, another of the trio, a very handsome and superior-mannered man, made such an impression on the gullible Henry that he was created Earl of Richmond and given (or, rather,sold for three feathers) a strip of most valuable land on the Thames for the building of a permanent home which became known as the Savoy. The third uncle, Amadeus, was also given valuable lands, which he promptly sold at a fine price. Even Thomas of Savoy, the father of this brood, was given a grant of a groat on every sack of English wool which passed through his territory."
Quoting from Christipher Cope's, "The Lost Kingdom of Burgundy" : " The
reign of HUMBERT's son, Count Thomas I (1189-1233), opened a golden age
for Savoy for he started the great advance north-westwards which carried
his successors' sway over the Rhone into Bresse and to the Saone between
Macon and Chalon. Even more significant was his victory over Berthold V
of Zahringen which cleared the way for the conquest by his son Peter II
(1263-8) of what is now the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg. Thomas was
also more successful than his father in reproducing his race for his
bride, MARGARET, daughter of the COUNT OF GENEVOIS, who raised eight sons
and six daughters."
"From the time of Thomas I the counts were effectively rulers of a minor
kingdom and there were very few states of any size in which the central
power had so successfully established its authority." Savoy's greatest
days were under Thomas' sons, Peter and Philip. Savoy prospered and even
continued to expand from this time on into the sixteenth century.
Ancestral File Ver 4.10 9HLZ-7D Died 1 Mar 1233 Savoy, 8XPZ-SH Died 20 Jan 1233 Aosta Piedmont Italy, Ver 4.11 Born 20 Mar/May 1177 Mar May 1195.
Thomas married Beatrice Margaret GENEVA, daughter of Count William GENEVA, I and Countess Agnes SAVOY, in May 1195. (Beatrice Margaret GENEVA was born about 1180 in , , France and died on 8 Apr 1257 in Pierre-Chatel, Isere, France.)