Henry of Almain
b.2 Nov 1235
d.13 Mar 1271 Viterbo, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy
m. 30 Mar 1231
Facts and Events
Henry of Almain (2 November 1235 – 13 March 1271), so called because of his father's German connections as King of the Romans (Almain is derived from Allemagne, the French word for Germany), was the son of Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall and Isabel Marshal.
As a nephew of both Henry III and Simon de Montfort, he wavered between the two at the beginning of the Barons' War, but finally took the royalist side and was among the hostages taken by Montfort after the Battle of Lewes (1264), was held at Wallingford Castle and later released.
In 1268 he took the cross with his cousin Edward, who, however, sent him back from Sicily to pacify the unruly province of Gascony. Henry took the land route with Philip III of France and Charles I of Sicily.
While attending mass at Chiesa di San Silvestro (detta del Gesù) in Viterbo on 13 March 1271, he was murdered by his cousins Guy and Simon the younger de Montfort, sons of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, in revenge for the beheading of their father and older brother at the Battle of Evesham. The deed is mentioned by Dante Alighieri, who took it upon himself to place Guy de Montfort in the seventh circle of hell in his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, which was written at least 40 years after Henry's death.
Henry was buried at Hailes Abbey.