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Margaret de Baux
Countess of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano
Spouse Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano
Issue
Louis de Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol
Jacquetta of Luxembourg
Thibaud of Luxembourg
Jacques of Luxembourg
Valeran of Luxembourg
Jean of Luxembourg
Catherine of Luxembourg
Isabelle of Luxembourg
Noble family del Balzo
Father Francesco del Balzo (de Baux), 1st Duke of Andria
Mother Sueva Orsini
Born 1394
Died 15 November 1469

Margaret de Baux, Countess of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano, sometimes known as Margherita del Balzo (1394- 15 November 1469), was a member of the noble del Balzo (de Baux) family of the Kingdom of Naples, which had its origins in Provence in the 11th Century. She was the wife of Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano (1390- 31 August 1433). She was the maternal grandmother of Queen consort Elizabeth Woodville and her many siblings. She was an ancestor of King Henry IV of France, Mary, Queen of Scots, and all of the English monarchs after 1509.

Coat-of-arms of the noble del Balzo family

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Family

Margaret was born in 1394, the daughter of Francesco del Balzo (de Baux), 1st Duke of Andria (1330- 23 April 1422), by his third wife Sueva Orsini (1360- after 1422),[1]a descendant of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester and Eleanor Plantagenet.

Her paternal grandparents were Bertrand III del Balzo, Count of Andria and Squillace, and Marguerite d'Aulnay. Her maternal grandparents were Nicola Orsini, Count of Nola, Senator of Rome (27 August 1331- 14 February 1399), and Jeanne de Sabran.

List of siblings

Margaret had two brothers by her father's third marriage to her mother, Sueva Orsini:

  1. Guglielmo del Balzo (de Baux), Duke of Andria, married Maria Brunforte, by whom he had issue.
  2. Bianchino del Balzo (de Baux), was the father of Tesco del Balzo, Governor of Pisa, and chief of the Milanese Army. He married Laura Rho, by whom he had issue.

She had two half-siblings from her father's second marriage to Princess Margaret of Naples:

  1. Jacopo del Balzo, Prince of Tarento and Archaia, Despot of Romania, Lord of Albania and Corfu, Titular Emperor of Constantinople (1353- 1384), married Agnes of Naples. The marriage was childless, but he had two illegitimate daughters by an unknown mistress.
  2. Antonia del Balzo (died 1374), in 1372, married King Federigo III of Sicily.
Queen consort Elizabeth Woodville, was the granddaughter of Margaret de Baux

Marriage and children

On 8 May 1405, Margaret married Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano (1390- 31 August 1433), the eldest son of John of Luxembourg, Sire of Beauvois and Marguerite of Enghien, Countess of Brienne and of Conversano, Heiress of Enghien. Peter inherited his mother's fiefs, which included the counties of Brienne and Conversano. He succeeded his aunt Jeanne of Luxembourg, Countess of Saint-Pol and Ligny, as Count of Saint-Pol in 1430. His younger brother John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny, an ally of the English during the Hundred Years War, received Joan of Arc as his prisoner, and subsequently sold her to the English, for 10,000 livres.

Peter and Margaret had nine children:[2]

Margaret died on 15 November 1469 at the age of seventy-five and was buried in Cercamp Abbey, Frévent, Pas-de-Calais.[3] Her husband Peter had died of plague in 1433.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Sicily/Naples, Nobility
  2. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Champagne Nobility, Seigneurs de Ligny, de Roussy, et de La Roche, Comtes de Ligny
  3. ^ Cawley, Medieval Lands
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Margaret de Baux, Countess of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano, sometimes known as Margherita del Balzo (1394- 15 November 1469), was a member of the noble del Balzo (de Baux) family of the Kingdom of Naples, which had its origins in Provence in the 11th Century. She was the wife of Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano (1390- 31 August 1433). She was the maternal grandmother of Queen consort Elizabeth Woodville and her many siblings. She was an ancestor of King Henry IV of France, Mary, Queen of Scots, and all of the English monarchs after 1509.

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Family

Margaret was born in 1394, the daughter of Francesco del Balzo (de Baux), 1st Duke of Andria (1330- 23 April 1422), by his third wife Sueva Orsini (1360- after 1422),[1]a descendant of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester and Eleanor Plantagenet.

Her paternal grandparents were Bertrand III del Balzo, Count of Andria and Squillace, and Marguerite d'Aulnay. Her maternal grandparents were Nicola Orsini, Count of Nola, Senator of Rome (27 August 1331- 14 February 1399), and Jeanne de Sabran.

List of siblings

Margaret had two brothers by her father's third marriage to her mother, Sueva Orsini:

  1. Guglielmo del Balzo (de Baux), Duke of Andria, married Maria Brunforte, by whom he had issue.
  2. Bianchino del Balzo (de Baux), was the father of Tesco del Balzo, Governor of Pisa, and chief of the Milanese Army. He married Laura Rho, by whom he had issue.

She had two half-siblings from her father's second marriage to Princess Margaret of Naples:

  1. Jacopo del Balzo, Prince of Tarento and Archaia, Despot of Romania, Lord of Albania and Corfu, Titular Emperor of Constantinople (1353- 1384), married Agnes of Naples. The marriage was childless, but he had two illegitimate daughters by an unknown mistress.
  2. Antonia del Balzo (died 1374), in 1372, married King Federigo III of Sicily.

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Marriage and children

On 8 May 1405, Margaret married Peter of Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, of Brienne, and of Conversano (1390- 31 August 1433), the eldest son of John of Luxembourg, Sire of Beauvois and Marguerite of Enghien, Countess of Brienne and of Conversano, Heiress of Enghien. Peter inherited his mother's fiefs, which included the counties of Brienne and Conversano. He succeeded his aunt Jeanne of Luxembourg, Countess of Saint-Pol and Ligny, as Count of Saint-Pol in 1430. His younger brother John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny, an ally of the English during the Hundred Years War, received Joan of Arc as his prisoner, and subsequently sold her to the English, for 10,000 livres.

Peter and Margaret had nine children:[2]

Margaret died on 15 November 1469 at the age of seventy-five and was buried in Cercamp Abbey, Frévent, Pas-de-Calais.[3] Her husband Peter had died of plague in 1433.

References

  1. Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Sicily/Naples, Nobility
  2. Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Champagne Nobility, Seigneurs de Ligny, de Roussy, et de La Roche, Comtes de Ligny
  3. Cawley, Medieval Lands

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