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Louis, Duke of Savoy

Louis, Duke of Savoy
Duke Louis I of Savoy
Spouse(s) Anne of Cyprus
Noble family House of Savoy
Father Antipope Felix V
Mother Mary of Burgundy
Born (1413-02-24)24 February 1413
Died 29 January 1465(1465-01-29) (aged 51)

Louis I (Ludovico I or Lodovico I in Italian; 24 February 1413 – 29 January 1465) was Duke of Savoy from 1440 until his death in 1465.


He was born at Geneva the son of Antipope Felix V and Mary of Burgundy; he was the first to hold the title of Prince of Piedmont. On 1 November 1433 (or 12 February 1434), at Chambéry, he married Princess Anne of Cyprus, an heiress of the Kingdom of Cyprus and the defunct Kingdom of Jerusalem.(She was the secondary heiress all her lifetime, as her niece Queen Charlotte of Cyprus outlived her, and a daughter of King Janus of Cyprus.) The family lived in Allaman Castle, Vaud/Switzerland and as Count de Vaud, Savoy tried to conquer the Duchy of Milan, then under the Repubblica Ambrosiana, but failed.

In 1453 he received the Shroud of Turin from Margaret de Charny. It was held by the House of Savoy until 1946, at the end of the Kingdom of Italy. The Shroud of Turin was bequeathed to the Holy See in 1983. Louis died at Lyon in 1465, while returning from France.


  1. Amadeus IX (Thonon, 1 February 1435 - 30 March 1472), Duke of Savoy.
  2. Louis (Thonon, 5 June 1436 - Ripaille, 12 July 1482), Count of Geneva, King of Cyprus.
  3. Marie (Morges, March 1437 - Thonon, 1 December 1437).
  4. Jean (1437? - 1440).
  5. Philip II (Thonon, 5 February 1438 - Torino, 7 November 1497), Duke of Savoy.
  6. Marguerite (Pinerolo, April 1439 - Brugge, 9 March 1485), married firstly in December 1458 Giovanni IV Paleologo, Marquis of Montferrat and secondly Pierre II de Luxembourg, Count of St. Pol, of Brienne, de Ligny, Marle, and Soissons.
  7. Pierre (Genève, ca. 2 February 1440 - Torino, 21 October 1458), Archbishop of Tarentasia.
  8. Janus (Genève, 8 November 1440 - Annecy, 22 December 1491), Count of Faucigny and Geneva, married Helene of Luxembourg, daughter of Louis de Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol, and his first wife Jeanne de Bar, Countess of Marle and Soissons.
  9. Charlotte (Chambéry, 16 November 1441 - Amboise, 1 December 1483), married King Louis XI of France.
  10. Aimon (Genève, 2 November 1442 – Genève, 30 March 1443).
  11. Jacques (Genève, 29 November 1444 - Genève 1 June
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