Thomas I, Marquess of Saluzzo

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Tomasso I
Marchese di Saluzzo
Reign1244–1296
PredecessorManfredo III
SuccessorManfredo IV
Born1239
Died1296
SpouseLuigia di Ceva
IssueManfredo IV
Alice FitzAlan, Countess of Arundel
HouseHouse of Aleramici
FatherManfredo III
MotherBeatrice of Savoy

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 pretensions. 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.

Armando Tallone, Tomaso I Marchese di Saluzzo, 1916

He married Luisa of Ceva.

He was succeeded by his son Manfred IV. 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