Maurizio di Savoia
Other Titles and Honours
Deacon of Santa Maria in Via Lata, 1626-42
Commendatory abbot of Casanova, Saluzzo, 1618
Lieutenant-general of Piedmont, 1615
Archbishop of Monreale
Bishop of Vercelli, 1611
Canon in Turin, 1611
Abbot commendatario of S. Michele della Chiusa, 1611
After receiving his education in Spain, Maurizio entered an ecclesiastical career from a
very early age for political
reasons, having never taken his vows. He was sent to Rome in
1623 and took part in the election of
Pope Urban VIII. His brother Duke Vittorio Amedeo I signed the 1634 treaty
of Rivoli with France which Maurizio opposed, and so he defected to Spain and the
Empire, accepting their protection. He tried to return to Piedmont in
1638 to put forward his claim for the regency of Savoy, but he was not
granted permission to enter by his sister-in-law the Madama Reale, the
dowager duchess (and his future mother-in-law), who was supported by France.
With some support offered by Spain, Maurizio, along with his brother Thomas,
was able to win great support for his cause through the publication of a manifesto
opposing the Madama Reale, and eventually, the people became divided in two
sides known as the Cardinalists and the Madamists, sparking a civil war.
Maurizio was able to capture most of the important cities by late 1639. Once
the Madama Reale realised that defeat was near, she offered Maurizio her
daughter's hand in marriage. He resigned his ecclesiastical offices and married.
Place of marriage: Turin
Place of death: Turin
Place of burial: San Michele della Chiusa, Turin
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