Amice (Countess)

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Amicia de Beaumont
Died1215
NationalityAnglo Norman
Other namesAmice
Spouse(s)Simon de Montfort
Children3[1]
Parent(s)Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester
Petronilla de Grandmesnil

Amice (died 1215) was a Countess of Rochefort and suo jure countess of Leicester. She is associated with England but is thought to have spent most of her life in France.

She was the daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester and Petronilla de Grandmesnil.[1]

Life[edit]

Amice is remembered as the Countess of Leicester. Her brother was Robert, 4th Earl of Leicester; when he died, under the French rules of inheritance, his lands were divided between his two sisters. Amice was the elder and received the city and title of Leicester whilst Margaret inherited Winchester.[2]

Amice had married Simon de Montfort at some time and that marriage ended when she became a widow in 1188/1189. Their children included:

Amice then married William des Barres.

Amice died in 1215 on 3 September and was buried at Prieuré de Haute-Bruyère [fr] where other de Montforts were buried. Amice and her descendants never exploited their ownership of Leicester because of hostilities between England and France. However the family continued their claim and it was proven by the 6th Earl, Simon de Montfort.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cokayne, G. E. (1929). The Complete Peerage. 7 (2nd ed.). London: St Catherine Press. p. 717.
  2. ^ J. C. Holt (1 January 1997). Colonial England, 1066-1215. A&C Black. pp. 130–. ISBN 978-1-85285-140-8.
  3. ^ "Breteuil, Robert de, fourth earl of Leicester (d. 1204), magnate | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". www.oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47202. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Montfort, Simon de, eighth earl of Leicester (c. 1208–1265), magnate and political reformer | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". www.oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19049. Retrieved 14 July 2019.