Manfred VON HOHENSTAUFEN, III King of Sicily

Male 1232 - 1266  (34 years)

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  • Name Manfred VON HOHENSTAUFEN 
    Suffix III King of Sicily 
    Born 1232  Venosa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Feb 1266  Benevento, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I8727  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Konstantin Roger Friedrich VON STAUFEN, Holy Roman Emperor Emperor of Germ,   b. 26 Dec 1194, Iesi, Ancona, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1250, Castel Fiorentino (near Lucera), Foggia, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Unknown 
    Family ID F4476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Unknown 
     1. Beatrice
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F4047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Helena Dukaina ANGELINA,   d. Between (about 1307 and 1308) 
    Married Bef 1266  [1
     1. Beatrice VON HOHENSTAUFEN, of Sicily,   d. Between (about 1307 and 1308
     2. Federico VON HOHENSTAUFEN, of Sicily,   d. Aft 2 Jun 1312
     3. Anselmo VON HOHENSTAUFEN, of Sicily,   d. Bef 1301
     4. Flordelis VON HOHENSTAUFEN, of Sicily,   d. Aft 27 Feb 1297
     5. Enrico VON HOHENSTAUFEN, of Sicily,   b. May 1262, Trani Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1318, Castel dell'Uovo, Naples, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F4048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Beatrix, de Savoie,   b. Bef 4 Mar 1223,   d. Bef 10 May 1259  (Age < 36 years) 
    Married Mar 1247  [1
     1. Tomasso DI SALUZZO, I Marchese di Saluzzo,   d. 3 Dec 1296
     2. Constanza, of Sicily,   b. 1249,   d. 1302, Barcelona, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F4049  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MANFRED von Hohenstaufen, son of Emperor FRIEDRICH II and his mistress Bianca Lancia (Venosa 1232-killed in battle Benevento 26 Feb 1266).   The Thomas Tusci Gesta Imperatorum et Pontificum names "[illegitim us filius Frederici]… Manfredus" as son of "sorore marchionis Lancee" , specifying that he and his sister were legitimated as a result of th eir father's declaration at the deathbed of their mother.  The Histori a Sicula of Bartolomeo di Neocastro names "Manfredus et domina Constan za" as the children of "dominus Fridericus secundus… Romanorum… impe rator" and ["his fifth wife"] "domina Blanca… de Lancea de Lombardia".   He was bequeathed the kingdom of Sicily and 10,000 uncias under hi s father's testament.  Matthew of Paris calls him "Memfredum filium Fr etherici naturalem sed legitimatum".  At the time of his first marria ge, his father constituted him Lord of territory from Pavia to Genoa.   The Istoria of Saba Malaspina records that "Manfredus" was investe d with "principatu Tarentino" by his father.  "Manfredus… imp. Frid . filius" accepted the allegiance of "Henricum… fratrem nostrum et Pe trum Ruffum de Calabria regni Siciliæ marescalcum", on behalf of "reg is… Conradi", by charter dated 15 Dec 1250.  After Pope Innocent IV na med Edward of England, son of Henry III King of England, as King of Si cily, Manfred forced the Papacy to recognise Konradin's rights and hi s own appointment as regent in Sicily.  "Manfredus… imperatoris Frider ici filius… princeps Tarantinus… montissancti Angeli dominus et… regi s Conradi secundi in regno Sicilie baiulus generalis" confirmed to "do mino Raynerio Zeno… Veneciarum,Dalmacie atque Chroacie duci" the priv ileges granted to Venice by his father, by charter dated Sep 1257.  H e deposed his nephew in 1258, and was crowned MANFREDO King of Sicil y 10 Aug 1258 at Palermo, although this was not recognised by the Papa cy.  The monk Conrad´ s Brevis Chronica records that "dominus Manfre dus princeps" was crowned king at Palermo 10 Aug "primæ Indictionis".   Pope Urban IV offered the kingdom of Sicily to Charles de France Co mte d'Anjou who began preparations to invade and claim his rights.  H e defeated and killed King Manfred at Benevento.
      He married firstly (Betrothed 8 May 1246, proxy Mar 1247, contract 2 1 Apr 1247, [Dec 1248/Jan 1249]) as her second husband, BEATRIX de Sav oie, widow of MANFREDO III Marchese di Saluzzo, daughter of AMEDEE I V Comte de Savoie and his first wife Marguerite de Bourgogne [1223]-1 0 May before 1259).  A charter dated 8 May 1246 records the restituti on of "castri Ripolarum" by Emperor Friedrich II to "fratribus de Saba udia, Amedeo comite et Thoma", confirmed by the betrothal of "Manfredu m dictum Lancea, filium naturalem imperatoris" and "Beatricem filiam A medei comitis, relictam Manfredi marchionis Salucensis".  The proxy o f marriage between "Manfredo Lanza di Lui [Imperator Federico secundo ] figlio" and "la Contessa di Saluzzo figlia del Conte Amedeo di Savoi a" is dated Mar 1247.  The contract of marriage between "Manfredi Lanc eæ filii Friderici Rom. Imperatoris" and "Beatrice marchionissa Salut iensi, filia Amedei comitis Sabaudiæ et in Italia marchionis, relict a Manfredi marchionis Salutiarum" is dated 21 Apr 1247.  The Istoria o f Saba Malaspina records that "Manfredus" married "natam Amadei comiti s Sabaudiæ … Beatricem".  The Historia Sicula of Bartolomeo di Neocast ro records that "Manfredus" married "dominam Beatricem filiam ducis Se x Viarum, qui prius invirum… marchionem de Salluciis".  This marriag e was arranged in recognition of the alliance between her father and E mperor Friedrich II.  A fourth testament of "Amedeus comes Sabaudie " is dated 19 Sep 1252, appoints "Bonifacium filium meum" as his heir , under the tutelage of his brother Thomas, substituting "fratri meo T home de Sabaudia comitis… Beatricem filiam meam uxorem quondam Manfre di marchionis Salutiarum et Margaretam filiam meam uxorem Bonifacii ma rchionis Montisferrati", and names "Cecilie… uxori nostre… Beatrix fil ia mea minor".  A fifth testament of Comte Amé dé e IV is dated 24 Ma y 1253, appoints "Bonifacius filius suus, sub tutela Thomæ comitis " as his heir, substitutes "filiæ Amedei comitis… marchionissæ Beat rix Salutiarum et Margaretha Montisferrati", bequeathes "castrum Monti s Meliani" to "Cæ ciliæ comitissæ", and chooses to be buried at Haute combe.  The absence of any reference to Beatrix´ s current husband Kin g Manfred suggests a breakdown in their marriage.
      He married secondly (betrothed before Feb 1258, Trani 2 Jun 1259) HEL ENA Dukaina Angelina, daughter of MIKHAEL II Komnenos Dukas Angelos L ord of Epirus and his wife Theodora Dukaina Petraliphaina Basilissa [1 242]-in prison Nocera before 18 Jul 1271[656]).  The Historia Sicul a of Bartolomeo di Neocastro records that "Manfredum"married "Helena m filiam despoti regis Thessalie" after the death of his first wife.   Georgius Akropolites records the marriage of "Michaelis… filiam He lenam" and "Manfredo Siciliæ regi".  Georgius Phrantzes names "Manfr edum Siculorum rege et principem Peloponnesi et Achaiæ" as the two son s-in-law of "Aetolorum et Epirotarum despota Michaele".  Her marriag e was arranged as part of her father's peace treaty with ManfredKing o f Sicily in 1258, her dowry of Corfu, Durazzo, Valona and Berat bein g the territories which King Manfred had already conquered.  The Anon ymous Chronicle of Trano records that "filia de lu Despotu d´ Epiru … Alena" arrived 2 Jun 1259 at Trani where she married "Re Manfridu".   After her husband's defeat, she fled with her children to Trani plan ning to travel to Greece, but was captured.  She was imprisoned in th e castle of Nocera in Campania and deprived of her children, althoug h she was permitted to have servants and her own furniture and persona l items.  She died in prison.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3514] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy online [].