Irene-Yolanda of Montferrat
- She married Andronikos II Palaiologos (q.v.) in 1284, after the death of his first wife, Anna of Hungary (q.v.). By this marriage, the house of Montferrat surrendered its claims to the crown of Thessalonike (q.v.), which Boniface of Montferrat (q.v.) had originally held. Yolanda, who took the Greek name Irene, bore three sons, John, Theodore, and Demetrios. She also bore a daughter, Simonis (q.v.), who was married to Stefan Urosh II Milutin (q.v.). When Andronikos refused her request to divide the empire equally among his sons, including his first-born Michael (IX), she took her own sons and went to live in Thessalonike (q.v.). There she intrigued against her husband with Milutin, the Catalans, and Charles of Valois (qq.v.). She died in Thessalonike in 1317.
Historical Dictionary of Byzantium . John H. Rosser .
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