1st Comte de Savoie
Other names: the White-Handed
Other Titles and Honours
Comte de Chablais, 1034->47†
Comte de Maurienne, 1034->47†
Conte d'Aosta, 1024
Comte of Nyon, 1017
Comte de Salmourenc, 1003
Comte de Belley
Count of Tarentaise
Seigneur de Valais
The founder of the house of Savoy, Humbert was a feudal lord of uncertain
but probably Teutonic descent. A number of theories has been
put forward concerning his origins including that he was descended from
Count Garnier of Troyes, from the family of Count Amédée of Belley, and from
the first kings of Provence.
Humbert accumulated a number of counties in the lands of Savoy including part of Maurienne in 1034
as a reward for helping King Conrad the Salic to make good his claims on
Burgundy. With his territories, Humbert commanded three of the great Alpine
passes: the Mont Cenis and the two St Bernards.
In 1040, he donated property by charter to the canons of Saint-Jean and
Saint-Urse, and in 1042, he made a donation by charter to the abbey of
Saint-Chaffre. Another donation of property was made to the canons of
Saint-Jean in 1046.
He was born between 970 and 975, and died between 1047 and 1051. He
married between 995 and 1000.
Place of burial: Saint-Jean de Maurienne
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