Beatrice, Countess of Montfort

Beatrice de Montfort, Countess of Montfort-l'Amaury (c. December 1248/1249 – 9 March 1312) was a ruling sovereign countess of Montfort from 1249 until 1312. She was also countess of Dreux by marriage to Robert IV of Dreux, Count of Dreux. She was the ancestor of the Dukes of Brittany from the House of Montfort-Dreux which derived its name from her title.

Beatrice de Montfort
suo jure Countess of Montfort-l'Amaury
Countess of Dreux
Countess of Braine
BornDecember 1248/1249
France
Died9 March 1312
Noble familyHouse of Montfort
Spouse(s)Robert IV of Dreux, Count of Dreux, Braine and Montfort-l'Amaury
Issue
Marie of Dreux
Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scotland
John II of Dreux, Count of Dreux and Braine
Jeanne of Dreux, Countess of Braine
Beatrice of Dreux, Abbess of Pont-Royal
Robert of Dreux, Seigneur of Chateau-du-Loire
FatherJean I de Montfort, Count of Dreux
MotherJeanne, Dame de Chateaudun

Life

Beatrice was born sometime between December 1248 and 1249, the only child of Jean I de Montfort, Count of Dreux and Jeanne, Dame de Chateaudun.

Reign

In 1249, Beatrice's father died in Cyprus, while participating in the Seventh Crusade. Thus, Beatrice succeeded her father as ruling count of Montfort at the age of about one years old.

In 1251, Jeanne married her second husband, Jean de Brienne, Grand Butler of France. Jeanne and Jean had a daughter Blanche de Brienne, Baroness Tingry (1252–1302); Blanche married William II de Fiennes, Baron of Tingry.[1] Jeanne died sometime after 1252, leaving her Beatrice and her half-sister Blanche as her co-heiresses.

Beatrice was married to Robert IV of Dreux, Count of Dreux, Braine and Montfort-l'Amaury in 1260, when she was about eleven years old. He was the son of John I of Dreux, Count of Dreux and Braine, and Marie de Bourbon. As was the custom for female rulers at this point in time, he became the co-ruler of Beatrice and Count of Montfort by right of his wife after their wedding.

Death

Beatrice died on 9 March 1312 at the age of sixty-three. She was buried in the Abbaye de Haute- Bruyère.[2]

Issue

  • Marie of Dreux (1261/62–1276), in 1275 married Mathieu de Montmorency.
  • Yolande de Dreux (1263–1323), Countess of Montfort
  • John II of Dreux (1265–1309)
  • Joan of Dreux, Countess of Braine, married firstly Jean IV de Roucy, and secondly John of Bar.
  • Beatrice of Dreux, Abbess of Pont-Royal (1270–1328)
  • Robert of Dreux, seigneur of Chateau-du-Loire.

Ancestry

Notes

  1. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, p.155
  2. Charles Cawley "Medieval Lands"

References

  • Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham, and David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, p. 155, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 2004
  • Charles Cawley Medieval Lands
Beatrice, Countess of Montfort
Born: 1248 Died: 1312
Regnal titles
Preceded by
John I
Countess of Montfort
1249–1312
with Robert (1260–1282)
Succeeded by
Yolande



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