Philip of Montfort, Lord of Castres

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Philip of Montfort (died September 24, 1270) was a French nobleman, then Lord of Castres in 1270. He was the son of Philip of Montfort, Lord of Tyre and Eleonore of Courtenay. His coat-of-arms was “Gules, a lion rampant double queued argent, a label of four points azure.”

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Coats of Arms of the Lords of Castres.

He joined the expedition of Charles of Anjou to conquer the Kingdom of Sicily, and he shared command of the first battalion at the Battle of Benevento with Hugh of Mirepoix. He led the Angevin troops into the island of Sicily after Benevento, and helped to put down the revolt that broke out there upon the advance of Conradin into Italy. On his father’s death in March 1270, he succeeded to his French seigneury of Castres, but his father's possessions in Outremer had been granted to his half-brother John of Montfort. He joined the Eighth Crusade and died in Tunis.

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He married Jeanne de Levis-Mirepoix Jeanne de Lévis-Mirepoix († June 30, 1284), daughter of Guy I de Lévis, Lord of Mirepoix and Guibourge of Montfort and had three children:

  • John of Montfort, Count of Squillace (d. bef. December 1300), married firstly Isabella Maletta, married secondly Giovanna di Fasanella, married thirdly in 1273 Marguerite of Beaumont (d. March 1307, Marseilles)
  • Laure of Montfort (d. bef. December 1300), married Bernard VII of Comminges
  • Eleonore of Montfort (d. aft. May 1338), married before February 1302 John V of Vendôme
  • Jeanne of Montfort (d. 1300), married firstly 1268 Guy VI of Forez (January 19, 1278), married secondly 1278 Louis I of Savoy, Baron de Vaud (d. aft. 1302).

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