Yolande Palaeologina of Montferrat

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Not to be confused with her grandmother, the Byzantine empress Yolande of Montferrat.
Yolande
Aimon Yolanda.jpg
Tomb of Aimone and Yolande
Countess of Savoy
Tenure 1 May 1330 – 24 December 1342
Spouse Aimone, Count of Savoy
Issue Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy
Bianca, Lady of Milan
House Palaiologos
Father Theodore I, Marquess of Montferrat
Mother Argentina Spinola
Born June 1318
Moncalvo
Died December 24, 1342
Chambery
Burial Hautecombe Abbey

Yolande Palaiologina or Violant (Moncalvo, June 1318 – Chambery, December 24, 1342) was the daughter of Theodore I, Marquess of Montferrat and Argentina Spinola, a Genoese lady, daughter of Opicino Spinola. She received the name Yolande from her paternal grandmother Irene of Montferrat.

Life[edit]

Yolande married on May 1, 1330 to Aimone, Count of Savoy, from her marriage she became Countess consort of Savoy, Aosta and Moriana. Her marriage was arranged to seal the newly found peace between her family and the Counts of Savoy, and on the basis that the latter would succeed to Montferrato in case of extinction in the male line of the Palaeologus family.[1] They had five children:[2]

  1. Amadeus VI (Amadeo VI) (1334–1383)
  2. Bianca (1336–1388), married in 1350 to Galeazzo II Visconti, Lord of Milan.
  3. John (1338–1345), died young
  4. Catherine (1341), died young
  5. Louis (b. 24 December 1342), died young

According also to this act of inheritance in Montferatto, when the male line died out of the Palaeologus dynasty with the death of Bonifacio IV of Montferrat two centuries later, Charles III, Duke of Savoy laid claim to Montferrato through Yolande his great-great-great-great grandmother. However it was claimed by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

Yolande herself died whilst giving birth to her son Louis on 24 December 1342, she was twenty-four years of age.

Her daughter Bianca was mother to Gian Galeazzo Visconti and Violante Visconti. Among Yolande's descendants are Louis XII of France, Henry II of France and Henrietta Maria, Queen of England.

Ancestry[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Andronikos Doukas Komnenos Palaiologos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Michael VIII Palaiologos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Theodora Angelina Palaiologina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Andronikos II Palaiologos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. John Doukas Vatatzes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Theodora Doukaina Vatatzina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Eudokia Angelina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Theodore I Palaeologos, Marquess of Montferrat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Boniface II, Marquess of Montferrat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. William VII, Marquess of Montferrat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Margaret of Savoy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Irene of Montferrat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Alfonso X of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Beatrice of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Violant of Aragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Yolande Palaeologina of Montferrat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Corrado Spinola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Sbaralia Spinola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Opicino Spinola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Argentina Spinola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Manfred III, Marquess of Saluzzo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Thomas I, Marquess of Saluzzo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Beatrice of Savoy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Violante of Saluzzo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. William II, Marquess of Ceva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Luigia di Ceva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. X of Saluzzo
 
 
 
 
 
 

References[edit]

Preceded by
Bianca of Burgundy
Duchess of Savoy
1330–1342
Succeeded by
Bonne of Bourbon