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Duke Charles III of Savoy, the Good

French: duc Charles II (III) de Savoie, le Bon, Italian: duca Carlo II (III) di Savoia, il Buono
Also Known As: "le Bon"
Birthplace: Le Château, Chazey Sur Ain, Ain, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Death: August 17, 1553 (66)
Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy
Place of Burial: Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Philippe II "Sans Terre", duc de Savoie and Claudine de Savoie
Husband of Beatriz de Aviz, infanta de Portugal
Father of Emmanuel Philibert "Ironhead" duke of Savoy
Brother of Philippe de Savoie, duc de Nemours and Filiberta di Savoia
Half brother of Jeanne Antoinette de Savoie; Pierre de Savoie; René "le Grand Bâtard, comte de Savoie"; Claudine de Savoie; Marguerite de Savoie and 5 others

Occupation: duke of Savoia (1504-1553); also received the titles of the kingdoms of Cyprus, Jerusalem & Armenia
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About Charles III "the Good" duke of Savoy


Charles III of Savoy (10 October 1486 – 17 August 1553), often called Charles the Good, was Duke of Savoy from 1504 to 1553, although most of his lands were ruled by the French between 1536 and his death. Contents


He was a younger son of Philip (Filippo) the Landless, an aged younger son of the ducal family, and his second wife Claudine de Brosse of the family that unsuccessfully claimed the Duchy of Brittany. His grandparents were Duke Louis of Savoy and Anne of Cyprus. As a child, there were next to no expectations for him to succeed to any monarchy. He was christened as a namesake of the then-reigning Duke, Charles I of Savoy, the Warrior, his first cousin.

However, when he was ten years old, his father unexpectedly succeeded his grandnephew Charles II of Savoy as duke and head of the Savoy dynasty, which had now also received the titles of the kingdoms of Cyprus, Jerusalem and Armenia. However, Charles's father was not the heir general of the deceased duke, only the male heir. Jerusalem, Cyprus and certain other claims and possessions could go to a different heir, and they did, in principle, going to Charles II's sister Yolande Louise. Charles's father was not ready to relinquish those, and he took such titles to his own titulary, staking a claim. He also had Yolande marry his son, Philibert the Handsome, in 1496, to ensure the male line of succession.

In 1497, Charles's half-brother Philibert succeeded their father as Duke of Savoy, etc. Philibert however died childless in 1504, surprisingly, and now Charles succeeded, at age eighteen.

Charles faced down challenges to his authority, including from Philibert Berthelier.[1]

After Yolande's death in 1499, the de jure rights of Jerusalem and Cyprus were lost to the Savoy family. Charles however, as some sort of heir-male, took those titles, which his successors also used. In 1713, Charles's great-great-great-grandson Victor Amadeus II of Savoy received confirmation to that title from the Kings of Spain and France, who also claimed it. The rights, according to succession of heirs general, i.e. not excluding female lines, had gone, until Charles's death, to the House of La Trémoille, the French lords of La Tremoille, Princes of Talmond and Taranto.

In response to the riots between Catholic and Protestants within Geneva, Charles launched a surprise attack in July 1534, but his army was beaten back.[2] A second siege in October 1535 was attempted, and again Charles' army was defeated when forces from Berne arrived to assist Geneva.[2] Charles was allied with the Habsburg camp in Western European politics, where Francis I of France and Emperor Charles V battled for ascendancy. France invaded Savoy in 1536, and held almost all of Charles' possessions.[3] He spent the rest of his life practically in exile, at the mercy of relatives. He died in 1553 and was succeeded by his only surviving child, Emanuele Filiberto.

He was the duke who imprisoned François Bonivard, the "prisoner of Chillon" in 1530.

Carlo II, Duca di Savoia (1)

M, #114357, b. 1486, d. 1553

Last Edited=9 Mar 2007

    Carlo II, Duca di Savoia was born in 1486. (1) He was the son of Filippo II di Bresse, Duca di Savoia. (2) He married Beatriz de Aviz, Infanta de Portugal, daughter of Manuel I de Aviz, Rei de Portugal and Maria de Castilla y Aragón, Infanta de Castilla, in 1521. (1) 

He died in 1553. (1)

    Carlo II, Duca di Savoia also went by the nick-name of Carlo 'the Good' (?). (2) He succeeded to the title of Duca di Savoia in 1504. (1)

Child of Carlo II, Duca di Savoia and Beatriz de Aviz, Infanta de Portugal

-1. Emanuele Filiberto, Duca di Savoia+3 b. 8 Jul 1528, d. 30 Aug 1580

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Charles III "the Good" duke of Savoy's Timeline

October 10, 1486
Le Château, Chazey Sur Ain, Ain, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
July 8, 1528
Chambéry, Rhône-Alpes, France
August 17, 1553
Age 66
Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy
August 20, 1553
Age 66
Turin, Piedmont, Italy