Margaret of Geneva

Margaret of Geneva (1180?-1252), countess of Savoy, was the daughter of William I, Count of Geneva, and Beatrice de Faucigny (1160-1196).

Margaret of Geneva
Margaret of Geneva
Bornc. 1180?
Paris, Kingdom of France
Spouse(s)Thomas I of Savoy
FatherWilliam I, Count of Geneva
MotherBeatrice de Faucigny (c. 1160-1196)
ReligionRoman Catholic

She was supposed to become the third wife of Philip II of France. However, when her father was escorting her to France in May 1195, Thomas I of Savoy carried her off. Attracted by her beauty, Count Thomas then married her himself, claiming that Philip II was already married (the French King had married Ingeborg of Denmark in 1193 but had repudiated her soon thereafter). Margaret's father fell sick and died after the wedding, and her mother died the following year.


The children of Marguerite and Thomas I of Savoy were:

Margaret was the ancestress of many royal houses, including the Valois and Bourbons. After her death, she was buried at Hautecombe Abbey in Savoy.

Preceded by
Beatrice of Viennois
Countess of Savoy
Succeeded by
Marguerite of Burgundy

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