Marriages and Issue
Richard of Cornwall married firstly, on 30 March 1231 at Fawley, Buckinghamshire, Isabel Marshal, widow of Gilbert de Clare, 5th Earl of Gloucester, and daughter of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, by Isabel FitzGilbert. They had three sons and a daughter:
- John of Cornwall (31 January 1232 – 22 September 1232), born and died at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, buried at Reading Abbey.
- Isabel of Cornwall (c. 9 September 1233 – 6 October 1234), born and died at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, buried at Reading Abbey.
- Henry of Cornwall (2 November 1235 – 13 March 1271), murdered by his cousins Guy and Simon de Montfort, buried at Hailes Abbey.
- Nicholas of Cornwall (b. & d. 17 January 1240 at Berkhamsted Castle), died shortly after birth, buried at Beaulieu Abbey with his mother.
Isabel died in childbed at Berkhamsted on 17 January 1240, and was buried at Beaulieu Abbey.
He married secondly, on 23 November 1243 at Westminster Abbey, Sanchia of Provence (c.1225 – 9 November 1261), daughter of Raymond, Count of Provence, and Beatrice of Savoy, by whom he had two sons:
- unnamed son, born July 1246, died 15 August 1246.
- Edmund, 2nd Earl of Cornwall, usually styled Edmund of Almain (c. 1 January 1250 – c. 25 September 1300), who married Margaret de Clare (born 1250, died shortly before November 1312), daughter of Richard de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by his second wife, Maud de Lacy, daughter of John de Lacy, 2nd Earl of Lincoln. They had no issue, and the marriage was dissolved in February 1294.
He married thirdly, on 16 June 1269 at Kaiserslautern, Beatrice of Falkenburg, daughter of Dietrich I, Count of Falkenburg. They had no issue. She was about sixteen years of age at the time of the marriage, and was said to be one of the most beautiful women of her time. Beatrice died 17 October 1277, and was buried before the high altar at the Church of the Grey Friars in Oxford.
By an unknown mistress or mistresses, Richard of Cornwall had several illegitimate children, including three sons and a daughter:
- Philip of Cornwall, a priest.
- Sir Richard of Cornwall, who married a wife named Joan, and by her had three sons and a daughter. He was slain by an arrow at the siege of Berwick in 1296. His daughter, Joan of Cornwall, married Sir John Howard, from whom the Howard Dukes of Norfolk are descended.
- Sir Walter of Cornwall.
- Joan of Cornwall, who married firstly, Richard de Champernoun, by whom she had a son, Sir Richard, and secondly, Sir Peter de Fissacre, by whom she had no issue.
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