Blanche of Montferrat

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Blanche, on the left, and her younger sister, Giovanna

Blanche of Montferrat or Bianca di Montferrato (1472 – 30 March 1519), was the Duchess of Savoy and titular Queen consort of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia as the wife of Charles I of Savoy. She acted as regent for her only son Charles from 1490 until his accidental death in 1496.

Marriage and regency[edit]

Blanche was the eldest daughter of William VIII, Marquess of Montferrat, and Elisabetta Sforza, daughter of Francesco I Sforza, Duke of Milan and Bianca Maria Visconti, after whom Blanche was named.

On 1 April 1485, she married Charles I, Duke of Savoy, and the titular King of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia. The marriage produced two children:

Upon the death of her husband in 1490, she acted as regent for her young son, who had succeeded his father in his regnal and titular titles. She remained the ruler of Savoy until her son, who was seven years old at the time, was accidentally killed in a fall at Moncalieri. Her surviving child, Yolande died three years later, without having produced any children; therefore Blanche's line became extinct.

In her will dated 12 February 1519, she names her choice of burial place which was the chapel of the Church of the Blessed Virgin in Carignano. She names her heir as Charles III, Duke of Savoy, and in default, the latter's younger brother Philippe, Count of Genevois.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Savoy