Yolande Palaeologina of Montferrat

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Not to be confused with her grandmother, the Byzantine empress Yolande of Montferrat.
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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
Died December 24, 1342
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.


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.


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


Preceded by
Bianca of Burgundy
Duchess of Savoy
Succeeded by
Bonne of Bourbon