Peter II
(1203-1268)

1st Earl of Richmond (1241-1268) and 9th Count of Savoy (from 1263)

Died aged c. 65

Peter II (1203 – 15 May 1268), called the Little Charlemagne, was the 1st Earl of Richmond from 1241 until his death and the Count of Savoy from 1263 until his death. He built the Savoy Palace in London. Peter was the seventh of nine sons of Thomas I of Savoy and Marguerite of Geneva, and the uncle of Eleanor of Provence, queen-consort of Henry III of England. He was born in Suze in the French County of Albon.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Nick Harrison on Flickr
Nick Harrison on Flickr

Here in the Palace of the Savoy, Peter, Count of Savoy, lodged the many "beautiful foreign ladies" whom he brought in 1247 from the Courts of Europe, before marrying them to his wards, a large number of rich young English nobles

Savoy Court, London, United Kingdom where they lodged many "beautiful foreign ladies"

Within these precincts stood the Palace of Savoy, the erection of which was begun by Peter, ninth Count of Savoy and Earl of Richmond, A.D 1246. Henry III King of England bestowed the site "in vico qui vocato la straunde" on February 12th 1246 and there was erected a palace, "the fayrest mannor in Europe" big enough for a large part of an army

Savoy Court, London, United Kingdom where they built