Charles III, Duke of Savoy

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Charles III, Duke of Savoy
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Charles III, Duke of Savoy
Spouse(s) Beatrice of Portugal
Noble family House of Savoy
Father Philip II of Savoy
Mother Claudine de Brosse
Born (1486-10-10)10 October 1486
Chazey-sur-Ain
Died 17 August 1553(1553-08-17) (aged 66)
Vercelli

Charles III of Savoy (October 10, 1486 – 17 August 1553), often called Charles the Good, was Duke of Savoy from 1504 to 1553, although most of his lands were ruled by the French between 1536 and his death.

Biography[edit]

He was the younger son of Philip (Filippo) the Landless, an aged younger son of the ducal family, and his second wife Claudine de Brosse of the family that unsuccessfully claimed the Duchy of Brittany. His grandparents were Duke Louis of Savoy and Anne of Cyprus. As a child, there were next to no expectations for him to succeed to any monarchy. He was christened as a namesake of the then-reigning Duke, Charles I of Savoy, the Warrior, his first cousin.

However, when he was ten years old, his father unexpectedly succeeded his grandnephew Charles II of Savoy as duke and head of the Savoy dynasty, which had now also received the titles of the kingdoms of Cyprus, Jerusalem and Armenia. However, Charles's father was not the heir general of the deceased duke, only the male heir. Jerusalem, Cyprus and certain other claims and possessions could go to a different heir, and they did, in principle, going to Charles II's sister Yolande Louise. Charles's father was not ready to relinquish those, and he took such titles to his own titulary, staking a claim. He also had Yolande marry his son, Philibert the Handsome, in 1496, to ensure the male line of succession.

In 1497, Charles's half-brother Philibert succeeded their father as Duke of Savoy, etc. Philibert however died childless in 1504, surprisingly, and now Charles succeeded, at age eighteen.

After Yolande's death in 1499, the de jure rights of Jerusalem and Cyprus were lost to the Savoy family. Charles however, as some sort of heir-male, took those titles, which his successors also used. In 1713, Charles's great-great-great-grandson Victor Amadeus II of Savoy received confirmation to that title from the Kings of Spain and France, who also claimed it. The rights, according to succession of heirs general, i.e. not excluding female lines, had gone, until Charles's death, to the House of La Trémoille, the French lords of La Tremoille, Princes of Talmond and Taranto.

Coat of Arms of the Counts of Savoy

Charles was allied with the Habsburg camp in Western European politics, where Francis I of France and Emperor Charles V battled for ascendancy. Both the French and the Swiss confederates invaded Savoy several times, and held almost all of Charles' possessions from 1536 onwards. He spent the rest of his life practically in exile, at the mercy of relatives. He died in 1553 and was succeeded by his only surviving child, Emanuele Filiberto.

He was the duke who imprisoned François Bonivard, the "prisoner of Chillon" in 1530.

Issue[edit]

Charles married Beatrice of Portugal (1504–1538), daughter of Manuel I of Portugal and Maria of Aragon. Beatrice was both first cousin and sister-in-law of the Emperor. They had nine children, but only one child, Emanuele, would reach adulthood:

  • Adriano Giovanni Amadeo, Prince of Piedmont (19 November 1522 – 10 January 1523)
  • Ludovico, Prince of Piedmont (4 December 1523 – 25 November 1536)
  • Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy (8 July 1528 – 30 August 1580), married Marguerite, Duchess of Berry, sister of Henri II, King of France
  • Caterina (25 November 1529-May 1536)
  • Maria (12 June 1530 – 1531)
  • Isabella (May 1532-24 September 1533)
  • Emanuele (May 1533-died young)
  • Emanuele (May 1534-died young)
  • Giovanni Maria (3 December 1537 – 8 January 1538)

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

Charles III, Duke of Savoy
Born: 10 October 1486 Died: 17 August 1553
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Philibert II
Duke of Savoy
1504–1553
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Philibert