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de Montfort, Count of Toulouse, Earl of Leicester, Viscount of Carcassonne, Duke o Simon 5th Earl of Leicester IV

Male 1170 - 1216  (46 years)


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  • Name de Montfort, Simon  [1
    Title Count of Toulouse, Earl of Leicester, Viscount of Carcassonne, Duke o 
    Suffix 5th Earl of Leicester IV 
    Born 1170  Montfort-l'Amaury Castle, Ile-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jun 1216  Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Monastery of Haute-Bruyère, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I51286  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father de Montfort, Simon III,   b. Abt 1117, Montfort-l'Amaury, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1181, Denonville, Eure-et-Loir, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother de Beaumont, Amicia (Maud),   b. 1150, Monmouth Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1215  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1150 
    Family ID F14043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family de Montmorency, Alice,   d. 24 Feb 1220 
    Children 
     1. de Montfort, Amaury VI,   b. 1195,   d. 1241, Otranto, Calabria, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     2. de Montfort, Simon V,   b. 23 May 1208, Montfort-l'Amaury, Yvelines, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1265, Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)  [natural]
     3. de Montfort, Guy,   b. 1195, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1220, Castelnaudary, Aude, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
     4. de Montfort, Amicia,   b. 1213, Coughton, Alcester, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1253, Nunnery at Montargis, Loiret, Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F17205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Jun 1216 - Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The first of this family that settled in England was Simon de Montfort, surnamed the Bald, great grandson of Almaric, an illegitimate son of Robert, * King of France. Which Simon having m. Amicia, one of the two sisters and co-heirs of Robert de Bellemont, or Beaumont, surnamed Fitz-Parnel, 4th and last Earl of Leicester of that family, obtained a grant of the Earldom of Leicester from King John, with a confirmation of the Stewardship of England, which he acquired by the possession of the honor of Hinkley, a portion of the immense fortune of his wife. But notwithstanding these marks of royal favor, the earl, within a brief period, revolted from the King of England to the King of France, for which act of treason the Earldom of Leicester was transferred to Ranulph, Earl of Chester, the honors of Hinkley seized upon by the crown, and de Montfort himself banished the realm. Soon after this (1209), we find him under the title of Earl of Montfort, general of the crusade against the Albigenses, and in nine years subsequently a leader in the besieging arms of Lewis, King of France, before the walls of Toulouse where he was slain by a slinger from the battlements. His lordship had two sons by the co-heiress of Beaumont, namely, Almaric and Simon. *Thus, Robert, King of France. Almaric, who had the town of Montfort by gift of his royal father and thence assumed that surname. Simon de Montfort. Almaric, Earl of Montfort, father of Simon, [the subject of this sketch]. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage Ltd, London, England, 1883, p. 376, Montfort, Earls of Leicester] ********************************* ********************************************************************* note: it was Simon's father (also Simon) who married Amicia de Bellemont as his 2nd wife and mother of this Simon. ********************************* ********************************************************************* ---------- Simon de Montfort, b. 1165?--d. June 25, 1218, Toulouse, Fr., French leader of the Albigensian Crusade declared by Pope Innocent III against the Cathari, an unorthodox religious group in southern France. In 1190 Montfort married Alice de Montmorency (died 1221). During the Fourth Crusade (1202-04) he participated in the siege of Zara and later fought in Syria. Beginning in 1209 he led the fight against the Cathari (better known as Albigenses after the town of Albi) in a crusade that quickly became a war of conquest by the northern French against the nobility of the south. Having conquered Bziers and Carcassonne, he was chosen to govern those lands. When most of the crusaders departed after the 40-day term they had promised to serve, he was left with large territories still to conquer. After he had won the important Battle of Muret in 1213, the lands of Raymond VI, count of Toulouse, were adjudged to Montfort by the fourth Lateran Council (1215) because of Raymond's failure to root out heretics. He now styled himself count of Toulouse, viscount of Bziers and Carcassonne, and duke of Narbonne, but Raymond did not accept defeat. He occupied Toulouse in September 1217. Montfort was killed while besieging the city. His son Amaury (died 1241) soon abandoned the crusade and ceded the Montfort lands in southern France to King Louis VIII. [Encyclopedia Britannica CD '97]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1845] Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;).

    2. [S1135] Encyclopedia Britannica, Montfort, Simon.