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Jacques de Savoie
Comte de Romont
(1450-86)


Other Titles

Comte de Vaud
[1]
Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, 1478
[2]
Knight (Burgundy), 1475
[2]

Positions Held

Governor of Burgundy, 1475
[2]
Governor of the Netherlands, 1473
[2]
Governor of Artois, 1473
[2]
Lieutenant general of Piedmont, 1466
[2]

Main Events

Jacques was granted Romont and Vaud in 1460, but succeeded only after his brother became Duke of Savoy in 1465. In 1467, he led the Savoian army into the conflict between Amedeo IX and Galeazzo Sforza. He took possessions of his lands that year, and he began to reorganise the Vaudese territory. Under him, Vaud became an almost autonomous principality. He supported Duke Charles the Bold in the Burgundian Wars of 1474-76, and was at the head of a company of Lombard mercenaries in the service of Duke. He was wounded in 1475 at Arras and was awarded a knighthood by the Duke for his services. He had become one of the main adversaries of the Swiss who declared war on him later in 1475, and he soon lost Vaud. In 1476, Duke Charles invaded the region but was defeated at Grandson and Morat. Jacques, who commanded one of the four Burgundian corps, had to retire in the Franche-Comtж with Duke Charles. After peace negotiations in 1476, Vaud was returned to Savoy, but Jacques was not given outright possession of his property. He continued to serve the Duchy of Burgundy, and between 1479 and 1481, he played an important role in Habsburg reconquest of the Flemish territories. He fell into disgrace after siding with Flanders against the Emperor Maximilian, and he retired to his castle in Ham.[2]

Place of birth: Geneva[2]
Place of death: Castle of Ham, Picarydm[2]
Place of burial: Saint-Pol[1]


 

 
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Sources

1. C. Cawley. Medieval Lands - A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families. The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy. Е2018.

2. Dizionario biografico degli Italiani, vol. 91. Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 2018.
 

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