Agnes of Faucigny

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Agnes of Faucigny
suo jure Dame of Faucigny
Countess consort of Savoy
Spouse(s) Peter II, Count of Savoy

Issue

Beatrice, Dauphine of Viennois and Viscountess of Béarn
Noble family House of Savoy
Father Aymon II, Seigneur de Faucigny
Mother Beatrice of Burgundy
Died 11 August 1268
Buried Faucigny
Religion Roman Catholicism

Agnes of Faucigny (died 11 August 1268) was suo jure Dame of Faucigny, and countess consort of Savoy by virtue of her marriage in 1236 to Peter II, Count of Savoy.

She was born the eldest daughter of Aymon II, Seigneur de Faucigny, and his first wife Beatrice of Burgundy. From her father, she was descended from the Seigneur de Faucigny and the Counts of Geneva. From her mother, she was descended from a cadet branch of the Comital House of Burgundy, which ruled the County of Auxonne. Her siblings were a younger sister Beatrice and an illegitimate brother Aymon de Faucigny, therefore her father appointed her heir in default of male heirs.

Betrothed in February 1234, Agnes married to Peter II, Count of Savoy after 25 June 1236. Her husband succeeded as Count of Savoy in 1263, making her Countess of Savoy, a position she would enjoy for five years until her death. She bore him a daughter, Beatrice (c. 1237 – 21 November 1310). She married firstly Guigues VII of Viennois and secondly Gaston VII of Béarn, but due to Salic law of succession, Beatrice was excluded from the succession of the County of Savoy, which would pass to Philip I, Count of Savoy after her husband's death. Originally intending to give a third of her inheritance to her daughter and two thirds to her husband Peter, she named her daughter Beatrice as the sole heir of her lands in Faucigny along with her daughter's husband the Dauphin de Viennois instead. This would lead to future territorial dispute between the House of Savoy and Dauphin de Viennois over the territory which the House of Savoy won back from the French in the Treaty of Paris (1355).

She died on 11 August 1268 and was buried at Abbaye de Contamine-sur-Arve, Faucigny. [1]

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Preceded by
Cecile of Baux
Countess of Savoy
1263–1268
Succeeded by
Adelaide of Burgundy