Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy

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Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy
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Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy
Spouse(s) Yolande of Valois
Noble family House of Savoy
Father Louis, Duke of Savoy
Mother Anne de Lusignan
Born (1435-02-01)1 February 1435
Died 30 March 1472(1472-03-30) (aged 37)

The Blessed Amadeus IX (1 February 1435 – 30 March 1472), nicknamed the Happy, was the Duke of Savoy from 1465 to 1472. The Catholic Church venerates him with a liturgical feast on March 30.


He was born at Thonon-les-Bains, the son of Louis, Duke of Savoy, and Anne de Lusignan, daughter of Janus of Cyprus, King of Cyprus. In 1452, he married Yolande of Valois (1434–1478), sister of Louis XI of France and daughter of Charles VII of France. Because of his epilepsy and retirement, she was left in control of the state.[1] The Castle of Moncalleri in Piedmont, Italy was initially built around 1100 as a fortress on a hill, to command the main southern access to Turin. In the mid-15th century Yolanda turned it into a Renaissance Royal Palace.

Amadeus made a pilgrimage to Saint-Claude in 1471.[2] Amadeus IX was known for his charity and concern for the poor and was beatified in 1677.


Amadeus IX had 10 children with Yolande of Valois:

  1. Luigi (1453)
  2. Anne (1455–1480), married Frederick IV of Naples (1452–1504), prince of Altamura
  3. Carlo (1456–1471), Prince of Piedmont
  4. Blessed Louise (1461–1503), married the Prince of Chalon and, later, became a Poor Clare nun
  5. Filiberto (1465–1482), oldest surviving son
  6. Bernardo (1467)
  7. Carlo (1468–1490)
  8. James Louis (1470–1485), Count of Genevois, France
  9. Gian Claudio Galeazzo (1472)
  10. Maria (c.1455-1511) married Philip of Baden-Hochberg (1454–1503)

His daughter, Louise, learned religion from her father, and became a nun of the Franciscan Second Order after being widowed at a young age. She was also beatified.



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Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy
Born: 1 February 1435 Died: 30 March 1472
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Duke of Savoy
Succeeded by
Philibert I