Name: Amicia DE BEAUMONT
Given Name: Amicia
Surname: DE BEAUMONT
Suffix: Countess of Leicester, Harcourt
Birth: in Leicester, Leicestershire County, England
"The Montforts were one of the families which were squeezed when the French took Normandy away from England in John's reign. They had fought at Hastings, and one of them called Simon III in family annals, had become Earl of Leicester through marriage with Amicia de Beaumont..."
Note: England was now the hunting-ground of any well-born Frenchmen anxious for a wider career than they could obtain at home. Among the foreigners attracted to England to prosecute legal claims or to seek the royal bounty came Simon of Montfort, the second son of the famous conqueror of the Albigenses. Amice, the mother of the elder Simon, was the sister and heiress of Robert of Beaumont, the last of his line to hold the earldom of Leicester. After Amice's death her son used the title and claimed theestates of that earldom. But these pretensions were but nominal, and since 1215 Randolph of Chester had administered the Leicester lands as if his complete property. However, Amaury of Montfort, the Count of Toulouse's eldest son, ceded to his portionless younger brother his claims to the Beaumont inheritance, and in 1230 Simon went to England to push his fortunes..."
"Young Simon soon discovered, however, that there was a worm at the core of his apple of content. The Leicester estates, spreading over a dozen counties, had been divided several generations back between Amicia and a young sister..."
Father: Robert "Blanchmains" HARCOURT
Mother: Petronille DE GRENTMESNIL
Simon DE MONTFORT b: in Montfort Amaury, Ile DE France, France
in Leicestershire County, England
- Bertrade DE MONTFORT b: in Montfort, Bretagne, France
- Abbrev: A History of the Plantagenets, Vol II
Title: A History of the Plantagenets, Vol II
Page: page 186
Date: 31 Jul 2005
- Abbrev: Political History of England 1216-1377, Vol III
Title: Political History of England 1216-1377, Vol III
Page: page 55
Date: 31 Jul 2005