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Philippe II
7th Duc de Savoie

Other names: Lackland[1]

Other Titles and Honours

Titular King of Cyprus, 1496-97†[2]
Titular King of Jerusalem, 1496-97†[2]
Titular King of Armenia, 1496-97†[2]
Principe di Piemonte, 1496-97†[2]
Titular Prince of Achaia, 1496-97†[2]
Duc de Chablais, 1496-97†[2]
Duca d'Aosta, 1496-97†[2]
Comte de Genève, 1496-97†[3]
Comte de Nice, 1496-97†[2]
Comte de Villars, 1496-97†[2]
Marchese di Susa, 1496-97†[2]
Baron de Faucigny, 1496-97†[2]
Baron de Vaud, 1496-97†[2]
Baron de Gex, 1490-96†[1]
Seigneur de Bugey, 1496-97†[2]
Seigneur de Beaufort, 1496-97†[2]
Seigneur de Fribourg, 1496-97†[2]
Comte de Lauragais[3]
Comte de Villelongue[3]
Conte d'Asti[3]
Comte de Valentinois[3]
Comte de Diois[3]
Conte d'Alifio[3]
Conte di Terranova[3]
Signore de Vercelli, 1496-97†[2]
Seigneur de Bresse, 1460[4]
Seigneur de Baugè[3]
Seigneur de Dombes[3]
Seigneur de Valbonne[3]
Seigneur de Revermont[3]
Seigneur de Chazey[3]
Seigneur de Loyettes[3]
Seigneur de Sagy[3]
Seigneur de Cuisery[3]
Seigneur de Sainte-Julie[3]
Knight of the Order of Saint Michael (France)[3]
Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Spain)[3]

Positions Held

Grand Chamberlain of France[3]
Grand Master of the court France[3]
Governor of Guyenne[3]

Main Events

Philippe gave himself the nickname 'Lackland' because he went for twenty-two years without an appanage. In 1460, he obtained the county of Bresse, but the Swiss deprived him of it. During the reigns of four dukes before him, Philippe demonstrated his restless and violent nature. He killed Jean de Varax, one of his mother's favourites, and his own father feared him so much that he that he resorted to asking King Louis XI of France to control him. The King had him locked away in the prison of Loches. After taking part in the wars of the house of Burgundy, he offered his sword to Charles VIII, who recognised his services in Italy by appointing him his grand chamberlain and grand master of his court.[1] Philippe was appointed co-lieutenant general of Savoy and Piedmont for Charles II, his great-nephew, and he proved to be very capable in repelling disturbances and maintaining the peace. In 1496, he was was peacefully acknowledged as the legitimate successor Charles II, and he reigned only eighteen months.[4]

Place of birth: Chambéry[3]
Place of death: Turin[3]
Place of burial: Hautecombe Abbey[3]




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.

4. J.C.F. Hoefer. Nouvelle Biographie Générale, vol. 39 Paaw - Philopémen. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, 1862.

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