Mary of Burgundy, Duchess of Savoy

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Mary of Burgundy
Duchess consort of Savoy
Born 1386
Dijon, Burgundy
Died 1428
Chateau of Thonon les Bains
Spouse Amadeus VIII of Savoy
Issue Margaret of Savoy
Anthony of Savoy
Anthony of Savoy
Margaret, Countess Palatine of the Rhine
Marie, Duchess of Milan
Amadeus of Savoy, Prince of Piemonte
Louis of Savoy
Bonne of Savoy
Philip of Savoy, Count of Genève
House House of Valois-Burgundy
House of Savoy
Father Philip the Bold
Mother Margaret III, Countess of Flanders

Mary of Burgundy (French: Marie de Bourgogne; 1386–1428) was eighth of the nine children of Philip the Bold and his wife Margaret III, Countess of Flanders. She was Duchess of Savoy by her marriage to Amadeus VIII of Savoy, later known as Antipope Felix V.[1]


Philip had made alliances with low county Bavarians, by marrying John to Margaret of Bavaria. Philip also made links with the Dukes of Austria and of Savoy, by marrying Catherine to Leopold IV of Austria, and Mary to Amadeus VIII Savoy, son of Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy and Bonne of Berry. Their marriage was contracted 11 November 1386 in Sluis, Zeeland; married by proxy 30 October 1393 in Chalon-sur-Saône; in person at Arras May 1401.

Mary and Amadeus had nine children, with further descendants:

  1. Margaret of Savoy (13 May 1405 – 1418).
  2. Anthony of Savoy (September 1407 – bef. 12 December 1407).
  3. Anthony of Savoy (1408 – aft. 10 October 1408).
  4. Marie of Savoy (end January 1411 – 22 February 1469), married Filippo Maria Visconti, duke of Milan.
  5. Amadeus of Savoy (26 Mar 1412 – 17 August 1431), Prince of Piemonte.
  6. Louis of Savoy (24 February 1413 – 29 January 1465), his successor.
  7. Bonne of Savoy (September 1415 – 25 September 1430).
  8. Philip of Savoy (1417 – 3 March 1444), Count of Genève.
  9. Margaret of Savoy (7 August 1420 – 30 September 1479), married firstly Louis III, titular king of Naples, secondly Louis IV, Count Palatine of the Rhine and thirdly Ulrich V, Count of Württemberg.

In 1416, Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor elevated Amadeus from Count to Duke of Savoy. Mary duly became Duchess. From then onwards Dukes ruled over Savoy.

The couple were married for thirty-six years before Mary died in 1428 at Chateau of Thonon les Bains.[2] She is buried in the Abbey of Hautecombe.[3]



  1. Richard Vaughan, Philip the Bold: The Formation of the Burgundian State, (The Boydell Press, 2005), 53.
  2. Richard Vaughan, Philip the Bold: The Formation of the Burgundian State, 82.
  3. BURGUNDY, Medieval Lands
Preceded by
Bonne of Berry
Duchess of Savoy
Succeeded by
Anne of Cyprus