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Countess Jeanne de Genève

Spanish: Da. Juana de Ginebra
Also Known As: "Joan"
Birthplace: Geneva (Genève), Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Death: circa 1095 (46-63)
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gerold I, count of Geneva and Gisela of Burgundy
Wife of Amadeus II, count of Savoy
Mother of Adélaïde de Maurienne, Comtesse de Savoie et de Maurienne; Alice ? (unconfimed) de Bâgé; Humbert II, count of Savoy "the Fat"; Oddon de Savoy, count; Auxilia de Savoie and 1 other
Sister of Conon (unconfirmed) de Geneva
Half sister of Aimon I, comte de Genève and Guillaume de Faucigny, Sire de Faucigny

Occupation: Countess of Savoy, Countess Consort of Savoy
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About Countess Jeanne de Genève

Jeanne de Geneve was born 1050 to Gerold II de Geneve (c1020-1080) and Gisele and died at an unspecified date. Jeanne married Amédée II de Savoie 1065 .


Ancestors are from Belgium.

Offspring of Jeanne de Geneve and Amédée II de Savoie (c1050-1080)

Name Birth Death

Humbert II de Savoie (aft1065-1103) 1065 October 14, 1103

Constance de Savoie (aft1065-c1112) 1065 1112

Adélaïde de Savoie (aft1065-1090) 1065 1090

Auxilia de Savoie (af1065-c1112) 1065 1112


Amadeus II (c.1050 – 26 January 1080) was the Count of Savoy from 1078 to 1080. His life is obscure and few documents mention him. During his reign he was overshadowed by his mother, but he had good relations with the Papacy and, for a time, the Holy Roman Emperor.[1]

Before his countship

The second son of Otto, Count of Savoy, and Adelaide, Margravine of Turin, Amadeus II was probably born around 1050, because he, alongside other noblemen of the Kingdom of Burgundy, swore an oath on the tomb of Saint Peter in Rome to defend the Church around 1070–73. In 1074 Pope Gregory VII was trying to persuade William I, Count of Burgundy, to remember this vow and, with Amadeus and others, go to the defence of the Roman Empire in the East against the Seljuk Turks.[2] As his mother is known to have had good relations with the Papacy in these years, this record seems to indicate that Amadeus was following his mother's policies at this early stage in his career.[2]

Early in 1077 Amadeus, with his mother and brother Peter, then Count of Savoy, hosted his sister Bertha, and his brother-in-law, Bertha's husband, the Emperor Henry IV. Amadeus and Adelaide then escorted the imperial couple to Canossa so the excommunicated emperor could reconcile with the pope. There they both took part in the negotations and stood as pledges for the emperor's good faith.[2]

On 16 July 1078 Amadeus and Peter witnessed a donation of their mother's to the Abbey of Novalesa.[2] It was the last act of Amadeus and Peter together.

[edit] As count

On 9 August 1078 Peter died and Amadeus succeeded him as Count of Savoy, but in the March of Turin, where Peter had co-ruled with their mother, Amadeus was never margrave, although the reason for this is unclear.[2] One document, issued by his widowed daughter Adelaide in 1090, refers to him as "count and margrave" (comes et marchio), but it is probably anachronistic.[3] There is only one document from his reign, in the cartulary of Saint-André-le-Bas in Vienne, which is dated when "Count Amadeus [was] reigning."[4] This shows, by the absence of the regnal year of the emperor, that despite his involvement in the reconciliation at Canossa, Amadeus II was neutral in the wider Investiture Controversy and the wars against Henry IV that it caused in Germany.[3]

Amadeus died in Turin on 26 January 1080, according to the necrology of the church of Saint Andrew there.[5] This date must be at least approximately correct, since Adelaide made a monastic donation for the benefit of the souls of her sons Margrave Peter and Count Amadeus on 8 March.[6]

[edit] Marriage, children and succession

According to the much later Chronicles of Savoy, Amadeus married Joan, daughter of "Girard, Count of Burgundy", which scholars have surmised to have been Count Gerold II of Geneva. The Chronicon Altacumbae says only that "the wife of Amadeus [was] from Burgundy", which might refer to Amadeus I.[7] If his wife were Genevan, it would explain how the house of Savoy came so early to possess a large portion of the Genevois.[8] His wife, whatever her name and origins, bore Amadeus II several children, although there is some uncertainty about how many:

   * Adelaide, wife of Manasses, sire de Coligny
   * Ausilia (also Auxilia or Usilia), second wife of Humbert II de Beaujeu, whom she bore four sons by the last decade of the eleventh century: Guichard, Humbert, Guigues, and Hugh

The succession of Amadeus II is unclear. His son Humbert II, who was later Count of Savoy, is well known, but in 1082 the Count of Savoy was Otto II. Although Amadeus is known to have had a younger brother named Otto, he is more likely to have been the Bishop of Asti of this name and time. This has led some scholars, beginning with the Conte di Vesme, to make Otto II the eldest son of Amadeus II, who succeeded him and was in turn succeeded by Humbert II.[8] In the immediate aftermath of Amadeus's death, Adelaide took control of all the Savoyard lands on both sides of the Alps.

Gerold II de Geneve, Count of Geneva, was born circa 1020 to Gerold I de Geneve (?-c1023) and Bertha de Bourgogne (c990-c1037) and died 1080 of unspecified causes. Gerold married Gisele circa 1040 . Gerold married Thetberge von Rheinfelden circa 1040 .


Ancestors are from Belgium.

Offspring of Gerold II de Geneve and Gisele

Name Birth Death

Jeanne de Geneve (1050-1095) 1050

Conon de Genève (c1040-bef1080) 1040 1080

Guy de Genève (c1045-c1092) 1045 1092

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Offspring of Gerold II de Geneve and Thetberge von Rheinfelden (c1045-c1092)

Name Birth Death

Aymon I de Genève (c1070-1128) 1070 1128

Burchard de Genève (c1072-c1119) 1072 1119

Adelaide of Susa (also Adelheid, Adelais, or Adeline; ca. 1014/1020 – 19 December 1091[1]) was the Marchioness of Turin from 1034 to her death. She moved the seat of the march from Turin to Susa and settled the itinerant court there. She was the last of the Arduinici.

Born in Turin to Ulric Manfred II and Bertha, daughter of Oberto II around 1014/1020, Adelaide's early life is not well-known. Her only brother predeceased her father in 1034, though she had two younger sisters, Immilla and Bertha. Thus, on Ulric's death, the great margraviate was divided between his three daughters, though the greatest part by far went to Adelaide. She received the counties of Ivrea, Auriate, Aosta, and Turin. The margravial title, however, had primarily a military purpose at the time and, thus, was not suitable for a woman.

Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, therefore arranged a marriage between Adelaide and Herman IV, Duke of Swabia, to serve as margrave of Turin after Ulric's death (1034). The two were married in January 1037, but Herman died of the plague while fighting at Naples in July 1038.[2]

Adelaide remarried in order to secure her vast march to Henry of Montferrat (1041), but he died in 1045 and left her a widow for the second time. Immediately, a third marriage was undertaken, this time to Otto of Savoy (1046). With Otto she had three sons, Peter I, Amadeus II, and Otto. She also had two daughters, Bertha and Adelaide. Bertha, the countess of Maurienne, married the Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, while Adelaide married Rudolf of Rheinfeld, who opposed Henry as King of Germany.

After 1060, Adelaide acted as regent for her sons. In 1068, Henry tried to divorce Bertha and consequently drove Adelaide to an intense hatred of him and his family. However, through the intervention of Bertha, Henry received Adelaide's support when he came to Italy to submit to Pope Gregory VII and Matilda of Tuscany at Canossa. Adelaide and Amadeus accompanied the humiliated emperor to Canossa. In gratitude for her mediation, Henry donated Bugey to Adelaide and her family and took back Bertha as his wife, returning to Germany.

Adelaide later played the mediator between her two royal sons-in-law, Henry and the aforementioned Rudolf during the wars of the 1080s in Germany. She was an opponent of the Gregorian reform, though she honoured the papacy, and defender of the autonomy of abbacies.

In 1091, Adelaide died, to the general mourning of her people, and was buried in the parochial church of Canischio (Canisculum), a small village on the Cuorgnè in the Valle dell'Orco, to which she had retired in her later years.[3] In the cathedral of Susa, in a niche in the wall, there is a statue of walnut wood, beneath a bronze veneer, representing Adelaide, genuflecting in prayer. Above it can be read the inscription: Questa è Adelaide, cui l'istessa Roma Cole, e primo d'Ausonia onor la noma.

Adelaide had passed her childhood amongst the retainers of her father and had even learned the martial arts when young, bearing her own arms and armour. She was reputed to be beautiful and virtuous. She was pious, putting eternal things ahead of temporal. Strong in temperament, she did not hesitate to punish even the bishops and grandees of her realm. She patronised the minstrels and always received them at her court, urging them to compose songs emphasising religious values. She was a founder of cloisters and monasteries that transmitted the history of the region. The only failure of Adelaide's career was the loss of the County of Albon. Greatly admired in her own time, she was compared to Deborah of Biblical fame and was known affectionately as the "marchioness of the Italians." Peter Damian summed up her life and career in the admiring words:

“ Tu, senza l'aiuto di un re, sostieni il peso del regno, ed a te ricorrono quelli che alle loro decisioni desiderano aggiungere il peso di una sentenza legale. Dio onnipotente benedica te ed i tuoi figlioli d'indole regia.

You, without the help of a king, sustain the weight of a kingdom, and to you return those who wish to add to their decisions the weight of legal pronouncement. Omnipotent God bless you and your regal children. ”

[edit] Children

Adelaide and Herman IV, Duke of Swabia had at least three children:

   * Gebhard I, Count of Sulzbach
   * Adalbert I, Count of Windberg
   * Adelaide, married Hermann von Peugen

Adelaide and Otto of Savoy had five children:

   * Peter I of Savoy
   * Amedeus II of Savoy
   * Otto, Bishop of Asti
   * Bertha of Savoy, married Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor
   * Adelaide (died 1080), married Rudolf von Rheinfeld

The family of Amédée II de SAVOIE and Jeanne de GENÈVE

[133757] SAVOIE (de), Amédée II (Odo & Adelheid MARKGRAFIN [133758]), comte de Savoie

  • married about 1065, from Savoie ? (France, known area)

GENÈVE (de), Jeanne (Gerold & Berthe .. [133889])

     1) Humbert II, comte de Maurienne, married about 1090 Gisle ou Gisèle de BOURGOGNE-IVRÉE

Bibliographie : Europaische Stammtafeln

Amadeus II, Count of Savoy

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Amadeus II (c. 1046 – January 26, 1080) was Count of Savoy from 1060 to 1080, ruling jointly with Peter until 1078. He was the son of Otto of Savoy (Oddone in Italian).

Documents about his life are rather scarce. His effective rule after Peter's death was only nominal, as the reins remained in his mother Adelaide's hands. The two visited Rome in 1073.


He married Joan (Giovanna in Italian) of Geneva and had four children:

Humbert II of Savoy

Adelaide (d. 1090)

Ausilia, married Umberto di Beaujeu

Constance, married Otto II of Montferrat