Cte Thomas DE MAURIENNE et de Savoie
- Born: 20 Mar 1177/8, Carbonierres, Savoie, France
- Married (1): May 1195
- Died: 1 Mar 1232/3, Aoste, Isère, France
- Buried: Saint-Michel de la Cluse
Compiler's 24 x great-grandfather
An undated charter records a donation to Saint-Maurice by "felicis memorie Humbertus…Savoie comes" and the confirmation by "Thomas filius eiusdem comitis".
He succeeded his father in 1189 as THOMAS I Comte de Maurienne et de Savoie, under the regency of Guglielmo V Marchese di Monferrato who brokered a favourable settlement to Comte Humbert III's dispute with the empire. As Marchese Guglielmo was absent in Palestine at the time of the death of Comte Humbert III, the regency was presumably held and the negotiations carried out by his son Bonifazio, who succeeded as Marchese di Monferrato in 1192. This hypothesis appears confirmed by the following charter: "Thomas…Mauriannensis comes et marchio Italiæ" confirmed the donations made by "pater meus…[et] domini comitis Humberti…abavi mei" to the canons of Saint-Jean de Maurienne, with the advice of "B. matris mee et…tutore meo Bonifacio marchione Montisferrati", by charter dated 12 Jun 1189. "Thomæ comitis et marchionis…et…Nichola filia comitis Gebennarum" granted privileges to the citizen of Susa by charter dated 25 Feb 1198.
He used the title Comte de Savoie: "Thomas comes Sabaud. et Amedeus eius filius" granted rights to the abbey of San Marco by charter dated 5 Mar 1200. A charter dated 1224 records an agreement between "Thomæ com. Sabaud" and the bishop of Sion, witnessed by "ipse Thomas comes, Amedeus primogenitus illius, Comitissa uxor Thomæ, eorum quatuor filii clerici…Willelmus, Thomas, Petrus et Bonifacius". He bought the town of Chambéry in 1232.
The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records the death in 1232 of "comitis Thome de Sabaudia". An indication of the precarious financial position of the counts of Savoy is provided by a third testament, dated 2 Nov 1240, made by Thomas´s son "Amadeus com Sab. et marchio in Italia" who repeated the nomination of "Thomæ, Flandriæ comiti, fratri suo" as his heir to "totius comitatus sui Sabaudiæ marchionatus Italiæ et ducatus Chablasii" if he died without male children, on condition that he satisfied all the debts of "Thomæ comitis patris et Humberti fratris ipsorum". 1
Thomas married Beatrix (Marguerite) DE GENÈVE, daughter of Cte Guillaume I DE GENÈVE and Beatrix DE FAUCIGNY, in May 1195. (Beatrix (Marguerite) DE GENÈVE was born about 1180 in Genf, Geneva, Helvetiz, Switzerland and died on 8 Apr 1257 in Pierre Châtel, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France.)