Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy

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Amadeus VII (March 1360, Chambéry[1] – 1 November 1391), known as the Red Count, was count of Savoy from 1383 to 1391.[2]

Amadeus was the son of Count Amadeus VI of Savoy and Bonne of Bourbon. Amadeus VII was known for his hospitality, for he would entertain people of all stations and never turned a person from his table without a meal.[3]

He married Bonne of Berry, daughter of John, Duke of Berry, who was the younger brother of King Charles V of France.[4] They had three children:

Upon his death at age 29 from tetanus,[5] controversy arose because of his will. Amadeus VII left the important role of guardian of his son and heir, Amadeus VIII, to his own mother, a sister of the powerful Duke de Bourbon, instead of following the tradition of appointing the child's mother, who was a daughter of the equally powerful Duke de Berry. It took three months of negotiations to restore peace in the family.[6]


  1. ^ Cox 1967, p. 145.
  2. ^ "Amadeus VII." The Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 3 August 2012
  3. ^ Tuchman 1978, p. 426.
  4. ^ a b Vaughan 2002, p. 53.
  5. ^ European Cases of the Reincarnation Type By Ian Stevenson, M.D., p. 19.
  6. ^ Tuchman 1978, p. 503.


  • Cox, Eugene L. (1967). The Green Count of Savoy. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. LCCN 67-11030.
  • Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (1978). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. New York: Knopf.
  • Vaughan, Richard (2002). Philip the Bold: The Formation of the Burgundian State. Boydell Press.
Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy
Born: 1360 Died: 1 November 1391
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Amadeus VI
Count of Savoy
Succeeded by
Amadeus VIII