Charles I, Duke of Savoy

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Charles I (28 March 1468 Carignano, Piedmont – 13 March 1490 Pinerolo), surnamed the Warrior, was the Duke of Savoy from 1482 to 1490 and titular king of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia from 1485 to 1490.

He was son of Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy and Yolande de Valois, daughter of king Charles VII of France.

Charles was related in two ways to the childless Queen Charlotte of Cyprus, titular Queen of Armenia and Jerusalem. Not only was she his father Amadeus' first cousin, in such a way that her rights would naturally descend to this line, but also she was the widow of Charles's paternal uncle Louis of Savoy, Count of Geneva (d. 1482). Charlotte however was without a kingdom, having been exiled in the 1460s from her own legitimate kingdom of Cyprus by her illegitimate half-brother.

This double relationship would serve Charles well, as in 1485, when he was 17, she surrendered her rights in Cyprus, Armenia, and Jerusalem to young Charles, her next legitimate heir in line from King Janus of Cyprus and Armenia. The kingdom itself was held by the republic of Venice, but the Savoy dynasty continued to claim it.


He married Blanche Palaiologina (Bianca di Montferrato) (1472–1519), daughter of William VIII, Marquess of Montferrat, who after Charles's death was the regent of the Duchy of Savoy from 1490 to 1496. They had two surviving children.

  1. Yolande Louise of Savoy (1487–1499), married Philibert II of Savoy.
  2. Charles John Amadeus of Savoy (1489–1496).


Family of Charles I, Duke of Savoy
16. Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy
8. Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoy
17. Bonne of Berry
4. Louis, Duke of Savoy
18. Philip the Bold
9. Mary of Burgundy
19. Margaret III, Countess of Flanders
2. Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy
20. James I of Cyprus
10. Janus of Cyprus
21. Helvis of Brunswick-Grubenhagen
5. Anne of Cyprus
22. John I, Count of La Marche
11. Charlotte of Bourbon-La Marche
23. Catherine of Vendôme
1. Charles I, Duke of Savoy
24. Charles V of France
12. Charles VI of France
25. Joanna of Bourbon
6. Charles VII of France
26. Stephen III, Duke of Bavaria
13. Isabeau of Bavaria
27. Taddaea Visconti
3. Yolande of Valois
28. Louis I, Duke of Anjou
14. Louis II of Naples
29. Marie of Blois
7. Marie of Anjou
30. John I of Aragon
15. Yolande of Aragon
31. Violante de Bar
Charles I, Duke of Savoy
Born: 29 March 1468 Died: 13 March 1490
Preceded by Duke of Savoy
Succeeded by
Charles II
Preceded by — TITULAR —
King of Armenia,
Cyprus and Jerusalem


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