Amadeus III. (Savoy)

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Amadeus III. (* 1092 or 1095; † August 30, 1148 in Nicosia ) was Count of Savoy and Maurienne , as well as Margrave of Turin .


He was the eldest son of Count Humbert II of Savoy and his wife Gisela of Burgundy. When his father died in 1103 he inherited him as Count of Savoy and Maurienne. Since he was still a minor at the time, he was initially under the tutelage of his mother. In 1111 he was confirmed as count by his liege lord, the emperor .

He continued his father's pro-France policy.

In 1115 he brokered the marriage of his sister Adelheid to the French King Ludwig VI. which further strengthened his close relationship with him.

In 1125 he founded the house monastery in Hautecombe .

In 1137 at the latest he regained the margraviate of Turin , which his father had lost.

In 1147 he joined the Second Crusade , albeit not in the army of his liege lord, the Roman-German King Konrad III. but that of his nephew Louis VII of France . On the way he fell ill in Cyprus , where he died shortly afterwards.

Marriages and offspring

Amadeus was married twice. His first wife was called Adelheid. She is documented by a document dated July 27, 1134, in which she appeared together with her husband. Adelheid must have died in 1135 at the latest. In any case, Mathilde von Albon , daughter of Count Guigues III, married around 1135 as his second wife .

From his first marriage to Adelheid he had two daughters:

There are no sources that expressly prove from which of the two marriages Amadeus' Alice and Mathilde originate, but since the birth of Alice's first son dates to 1142 and the birth of Mathilde's first son to 1147, it seems likely that they were daughters of Adelheid .

With his second marriage to Mathilde von Albon he had the following children:

  • Humbert (* 1136; † 1189), from 1148 Count of Savoy;
  • Johann;
  • Peter;
  • Wilhelm († 1173), priest;
  • Agnes († 1172), ⚭ Wilhelm I of Geneva († 1196), from 1178 Count of Geneva ;
  • Margarete († 1157), called the Pious ;
  • Isabella;
  • Juliana († 1194), abbess of Saint-André-le-Haut in Vienne.

Individual evidence

  1. Cf. Dominico Carutti: Regesta comitum Sabaudiæ, marchionum in Italia. CCLXIX. Turin 1889. p. 98.
  2. See Detlev Schwennicke : Europäische Stammtafeln , XI / 156
  3. See Detlev Schwennicke: Europäische Stammtafeln , II / 38


  • Marie José: “The” House of Savoy. From the origins to the Red Count. Pro Castellione Foundation, Niedergesteln 1994.

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