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Elizabeth de Montfort

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England
Death: August 1345 (70)
Christ Church, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Priory of St. Frideswide, Oxford, England (now Christ Church)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter de Montfort, Lord of Beaudesert and Maude de la Mare
Wife of William Montague, 2nd Baron Montague and Sir Thomas III de Furnival, First Lord de Furnival
Mother of Sir William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury; John Montagu; Alice Daubeney; Mary Cogan and Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu
Sister of Sir John de Montfort, 1st Baron Montfort; Simon De Montfort and Anastasia Nola Montfort

Occupation: Baroness Montagu
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About Elizabeth de Montfort

Lady Elizabeth Montfort was born in 1271 at Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England.1

She married Sir William Montague, 2nd Lord Montagu, son of Simon Montagu, 1st Lord Monatgu and Aufricia Fergus.

She died circa August 1354.

Children of Lady Elizabeth Montfort and Sir William Montague, 2nd Lord Montagu

  • 1.Simon Montagu
  • 2.William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury+ b. 1301, d. bt 30 Jan 1343 - 1344
  • 3.Sir Edward Mountagu, Lord Mountagu+ b. c 1304, d. 14 Jul 1361


Lady Elizabeth de Montfort (died 1354) was born in Beaudesert Castle, Warwickshire, England, which was owned by her father, Peter de Montfort II. She married William Montacute, 2nd Baron Montacute (or Montagu).

Her marriage was arranged by Eleanor of Castile, the first wife of King Edward I of England. This seems surprising, considering that Elizabeths grandfather, Peter de Montfort, had kidnapped the young Prince Edward during the Barons' Revolt of 1258 to “1265. Peter de Montfort (regarded by some as the first Speaker of the House of Commons) then died fighting against Prince Edward at the Battle of Evesham in 1265. Edward was eager to make peace with the aristocracy after the battle, and things were fairly well patched up within a few years. His wifes role in arranging the marriage was part of an elaborate system of arranged marriages designed to reinforce the power of the king and his aristocracy.

Both Elizabeth and William came from wealthy families, and they donated some of their money to various causes. Lady Elizabeth was a major benefactor of Saint Frideswide's Church, now called Christ Church, which is the cathedral of Oxford University. Her tomb now lies between the Latin Chapel, whose construction she funded, and the Deans Chapel, where she was originally buried under its magnificent painted ceiling (now faded by time).

She also donated a large piece of land to St. Frideswide in exchange for a chantry. This meant that two chantry priests would say daily mass in black robes bearing the Montacute and Montfort coats of arms. This continued until the Reformation. This piece of land, just south of the church is now called Christ Church Meadow. Later, the path through this was named Christ Church Walk and is now a very popular attraction in Oxford.

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Sir Piers de Montfort [e] b abt 1215, of Beaudesert, Worcestershire, England, d 4 Aug 1265, Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

He md Alice de Aldithley abt 1238, daughter of Sir Henry de Aldithley and Bertrade de Mainwaring.

Child of Peter de Montfort and Alice de Aldithley was:

Sir Piers de Montfort [e] b abt 1240, of Beaudesert, Worcestershire, England, d bef 4 Mar 1286/87. He md Maud de la Mare abt 1266, daughter of Sir Henry de la Mare and Joan de Neville.

Children of Peter de Montfort and Maud de la Mare were:

Sir John de Montfort, Lord Montfort, b abt 1271.

Elizabeth de Montfort b abt 1279, of Warwickshire, England. She md Sir William de Montagu, Lord Montagu, Knight, abt 1295, son of Sir Simon de Montagu, Lord Montagu, Knight, and Hawise de St. Amand.

Identified children of William de Montagu and Elizabeth de Montfort were:

Sir William de Montagu b abt 1302.

Alice de Montagu b abt 1315. She md Sir Ralph Daubeney, Knight, bef 27 Jan 1332/33, son of Sir Helie/Elis Daubeney, Lord Daubeney, and Joan.

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Elizabeth de Montfort's Timeline

Warwickshire, England
Age 26
Cassington, Oxfordshire, England
Age 28
January 1312
Age 37
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Age 38
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Age 49
Salisbury, Wilsthire, England
August 1345
Age 70
Christ Church, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Priory of St. Frideswide, Oxford, England (now Christ Church)