Thomas I, Marquess of Saluzzo

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Tomasso I
Marchese di Saluzzo
Reign 1244–1296
Predecessor Manfredo III
Successor Manfredo IV
Spouse Luigia di Ceva
Issue Manfredo IV
Alice FitzAlan, Countess of Arundel
House House of Aleramici
Father Manfredo III
Mother Beatrice of Savoy
Born 1239
Died 1296

Thomas I (1239–1296) was the fourth Marquess of Saluzzo from 1244 to his death. He succeeded his father Manfred III. Under the reign of Thomas, Saluzzo blossomed, achieving a greatness which had eluded his ancestors. He crafted a state the borders of which remained unchanged for over two centuries. He extended the march to include Carmagnola. He was often at odds with Asti and he was a prime enemy of Charles of Anjou and his Italian pretentions. During his tenure, he made Saluzzo a free city, giving it a podestà to govern in his name. He defended his castles and roccaforti (strongholds) vigorously and built many new ones in the cities.

He married Luisa of Ceva.

He was succeeded by his son Manfred. Thomas also had a daughter, Alice of Saluzzo, who married Richard Fitzalan, 8th Earl of Arundel.

Thomas I, Marquess of Saluzzo
Born: 1239 Died: 1296
Preceded by
Manfred III
Marquess of Saluzzo
1244–1296
Succeeded by
Manfred IV