14th Comte de Savoie
Other names: The Great
Other Titles and Honours
Principe di Piemonte, 1285-1323†
Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, 1313
Duc de Chablais, 1285-1323†
Duca d'Aosta, 1285-1323†
Marchese di Susa, 1285-1323†
Comte de Maurienne
Conte d'Asti, 1313
Seigneur de Bresse
Seigneur de Faucigny, 1285-1323†
Imperial Vicar of Lombardy
Amadeus was appointed by the will of his uncle Philip, his successor in the countship of Savoy, and succeeded him in 1285. Amadeus gave the barony of Vaud, on the north bank of the Leman lake, as an appanage to his younger brother Louis and his heirs, as vassals of the Count of Savoy. In 1294 he likewise gave to his nephew Philip all the dominions belonging to the house of Savoy on the Italian side of the Alps, with the exception of the valley of Susa, as a fief of the Count of Savoy. Amadeus, like his ancestors, had frequent contests with the dauphin of Vienne, but he generally contrived to come out of them with advantage to himself.
Henry of Luxemburg, having been elected as Emperor Henry VII and king of the Romans in 1308, came into Italy in 1310 for the purpose of receiving the imperial crown. He passed through the territories of Amadeus, and was entertained by him at Chambéry, which was now the capital of Savoy. Amadeus accompanied him across the Alps to Milan, where Henry assumed the iron crown in the basilica of St Ambrose. Amadeus followed him to Tuscany and to Rome, where Henry was crowned emperor in 1312. Henry had the greatest confidence in the Count of Savoy, whom he confirmed in his possessions, adding the grant of the city and territory of Asti, which however proved nearly nominal, as the city of Asti remained in possession of the Anjous of Provence, and afterwards of the Visconti, until the 15th century. The sudden death of the emperor at Buonconvento in Tuscany, in 1313, interrupted all further prospects of favour from that quarter. Amadeus returned to his dominions. In consequence of his first marriage with Sybilla, he added to his other dominions the county of Bresse, on the western slope of the Jura. He also inherited from his cousin Beatrix, daughter of Peter, count of Savoy, and heiress of Faucigny, her claims to the latter barony, of which, however, the house of Savoy did not obtain possession until the time of Amadeus VI. In 1323, Amadeus V repaired to Avignon to prevail upon Pope John XXII to summon a general crusade against the Ottomans, but he fell ill and died in October of that year.
Place of birth: Bourget du Lac
Place of death: Avignon
Place of burial: Hautecombe Abbey
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2. Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The Biographical Dictionary, vol. 2.1. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843.
3. C. Cawley. Medieval Lands - A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families. The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. ©2018.
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