Boniface, Count of Savoy

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Boniface, Count of Savoy
Count of Savoy
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Coat of Arms of the Counts of Savoy
Noble family House of Savoy
Father Amadeus IV, Count of Savoy
Mother Cecile of Baux
Born 1245
Died 1263

Boniface (b. 1245, Chambéry – mortally wounded on battlefield in 1263) was Count of Savoy from 1253 to 1263, succeeding his father Amadeus IV. He never married and thus left no heir.

Career[edit]

Since Boniface became Count of Savoy at the age of nine, he required a regency. Throughout the decade before his death, Savoy was governed through a joint regency resembling that devised for his grandfather Tomasso I in 1189, in which authority was shared between his mother, Cécile of Baux, and one of his uncles, Thomas II of Piedmont.[1] Boniface's other uncles, Peter II and Philip I disputed this, seeking to divide the County's many properties, but Thomas took it to arbitration per the family treaty of 1234 which had been negotiated by his brother William and won out. The uncles were, however granted compensation in return, receiving more properties within the County.[2] When Thomas died in 1259, Cecile continued as regent in Savoy. Under her regency, Philip and Peter continued their previous work of expanding the control and influence of the County of Savoy.[3]

His campaigns in Flanders and Piedmont were not successful.[4] In September 1262, Rudolf of Geneva offered homage to cousin Boniface after yet another round of the war between Peter and their kin in Geneva. In 1263, Boniface died, and was succeeded by Peter.[5]

References[edit]

  • Cognasso, Francesco (1971). I Savoia. Dall'Oglio, Milan. 
  • Cox, Eugene L. (1974). The Eagles of Savoy. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 0691052166. 
  • Marie José (1956). La Maison de Savoie, Les Origines, Le Comte Vert, Le Comte Rouge. Albin Michel, Paris. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cognasso 1971, p. 136-139.
  2. ^ Cox 1974, p. 227-229.
  3. ^ Cox 1974, p. 279-291.
  4. ^ Marie José 1956, p. 40.
  5. ^ Cox 1974, p. 303.
Boniface
Born: 1245 Died: 1263
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Amadeus IV
Count of Savoy
1253–1263
with Thomas II
Succeeded by
Peter II