8th Duc de Savoie
Other names: the
Titles and Honours
King of Cyprus, 1497-1504†
Titular King of Jerusalem, 1497-1504†
Titular King of Armenia, 1497-1504†
Marchese di Italia, 1497-1504†
Principe di Piemonte, 1497-1504†
Prince of Achaia, 1497-1504†
Duc de Chablais, 1497-1504†
Duca d'Aosta, 1497-1504†
Comte de Nice, 1497-1504†
Comte de Genève
Comte de Bresse, 1497-1504†
Comte de Romont
Baron de Faucigny, 1497-1504†
Baron de Vaud, 1497-1504†
Baron de Gex, 1497-1504†
Signore di Vercelli, 1497-1504†
Seigneur de Bugey, 1497-1504†
Seigneur de Beaufort, 1497-1504†
Seigneur de Fribourg, 1497-1504†
Imperial Vicar of Italy
As duke, he was bribed by Louis XII of France into allowing him to pass
through the duchy and invade Milan in 1499. He received Louis at Turin
and accompanied him to Milan, and Milan was conquered. Louis again requested
passage in 1502 to assist his army in Naples, but this time Philibert
refused, and instead, compelled him to follow a circuitous way across
Dauphiny and Saluzzo. He maintained good relations with France despite
the anti-French stance of his second wife Margaret of Austria, He had
his half-brother René legitimised in 1497, although Margaret of Austria
later arranged for this to be annulled because of René's support for France.
Philibert managed to remain neutral during the French-Austrian conflict,
and was powerful enough to preserve his territories, backed by a strong
armament and by his high resolute spirit.
Place of birth: Pont d'Ain, Bresse
Place of first marriage: Turin
Place of second marriage: Brussels
Place of death: Pont d'Ain, Bresse
1. A. Gallenga. History of Piedmont, vols 1 & 2. London: Chapman
and Hall, 1855.
2. K.M. Setton, ed. A History of the Crusades, vol. 2. Wisconsin:
Princeton University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.
3. S. Guichenon. Histoire généalogique de la royale maison de Savoie, vol.
2. Turin: chez Jean-Michel Briolo, 1778.