Anastasia de Montfort

Anastasia de Montfort, Countess of Nola (born c.1274), was an Italian noblewoman and a wealthy heiress. She was the eldest daughter of Guy de Montfort, Count of Nola, himself the son of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester. She held the title suo jure Countess of Nola after her father's death in 1291. She also held the titles of suo jure Dame de Chailly and suo jure Dame de Longjumeau. She was the wife of Romano Orsini, Senator of Rome, by whom she had at least three children. English queen consort Elizabeth Woodville was among her numerous descendants.

Anastasia de Montfort
suo jure Countess of Nola
suo jure Dame de Chailly
suo jure Dame de Longjumeau
Bornc. 1274
Diedbefore January 15, 1345
Noble familyHouse of Montfort
Spouse(s)Romano Orsini, Senator of Rome
Roberto Orsini, Count of Nola
Guido Orsini, Count of Pitigliano
Giovanna Orsini
FatherGuy de Montfort, Count of Nola
MotherMargherita Aldobrandeschi, suo jure Countess of Sovana and Pitigliano


Anastasia was born in Italy in about 1274, the eldest daughter of Guy de Montfort, Count of Nola, and Margherita Aldobrandeschi, Countess of Sovana and Pitigliano (c. 1255-after 1313).[1] She had a younger sister, Tommasia, who married Pietro Vico, but the marriage was childless. Her paternal grandparents were Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester and Eleanor of England, daughter of King John of England and Isabella of Angoulême. Her maternal grandparents were Ildebrandino Aldobrandeschi, Count of Sovana and Tommasia di Baschi.

Her father, Guy, fled England in 1266 after he had escaped from prison, eventually arriving in Italy. He entered the service of Charles of Anjou who made him Count of Nola and Vicar-general of Tuscany. On 10 August 1270, Guy married Margherita Aldobrandeschi at Viterbo.[1] In 1271, her father was excommunicated for killing his cousin Henry of Almain inside San Silvestro church. Later he was captured by the Aragonese and died in a Sicilian prison in 1291.

Upon his death, Anastasia became the suo jure Countess of Nola. In an effort to retain her lands, Anastasia's mother married four more times after Guy's death. Her four additional husbands were: Orsello Orsini, Loffredo Caetani, her cousin Guido Aldobrandeschi di Santa Fiora, and Nello de' Pannocchieschi.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 8 June 1293 Anastasia married Romano Orsini (1268–1327), Senator of Rome and son of Gentile II Orsini, Senator of Rome and Claricia de Ruffo.[1] The marriage had been arranged by Cardinal Napoleon Orsini, who was her mother's guardian. Anastasia, being Margherita's eldest daughter and heiress, eventually brought the rich Aldobrandeschi and Sovana inheritances into the Orsini family.

Together Romano and Anastasia had at least three children:

  • Roberto Orsini, Count of Nola (1295 - 15 January 1345), married Sibilla de Balzo de Baux (1296 - 1375)[1] the daughter of Hugues del Balzo, Count of Soleto and Seneschal of Naples and Jacopa della Marra. They had issue including Nicolo Orsini, Count of Nola (1331 - 1399) Senator of Rome, who married Jeanne de Sabrin (1322 - 1379). In turn their daughter Sueva Orsini (1360 - 1422) married Francis of Baux, Duke of Andria (c1330 - 1422), followed by their daughter Margaret of Baux marrying Peter I of Luxembourg, who were the parents of Jacquetta of Luxembourg (1415 - 1474). Jacquetta married Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers. Their eldest daughter was Elizabeth Woodville, the Queen of England by marriage to Edward IV.
  • Guido Orsini, first Count of Pitigliano (died after 1348), married Agostina della Gherardesca, by whom he had issue.
  • Giovanna Orsini, married in 1334 Nicolo Caetani by whom she had issue.

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  1. ^ a b c d David Baldwin, Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower, (The History Press, 2010), Genealogical table 4.