By A.J. Taylor
English Historical Review, Vol. 68 (1953)
Introduction: The accidental death of Thomas of Savoy some few years before that of his uncle Count Philip was a matter of importance, for it meant that when Count Philip, the last of the eight sons of Count Thomas I, died without issue in 1285, the succession had only to be settled as between two instead of three of his nephews. In his will Philip charged his niece Queen Eleanor and her son Edward I of England with the duty of apportioning the Savoy inheritance among his successors, and had Thomas III, the eldest of his brother Thomas’s three sons, survived him, their task might either not have been imposed at all or, if it had, would have been more delicate.