Charles I, Duke of Savoy

Charles I (28 March 1468 Carignano, Piedmont – 13 March 1490 Pinerolo), called the Warrior, was the Duke of Savoy from 1482 to 1490 and titular king of Cyprus, Jerusalem, and Armenia from 1485 to 1490.

Charles I
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Duke of Savoy
Reign22 September 1482 – 13 March 1490
PredecessorPhilibert I
SuccessorCharles II
Born28 March 1468
Carignano, Piedmont
Died13 March 1490(1490-03-13) (aged 21)
SpouseBlanche of Montferrat
FatherAmadeus IX
MotherYolande of Valois
ReligionRoman Catholic
Coat of Arms of the Dukes of Savoy


Charles was son of Amadeus IX, Duke of Savoy and Yolande of Valois, daughter of king Charles VII of France.[1]

Charles was 17 when Charlotte of Cyprus, titular Queen of Armenia and Jerusalem, surrendered her rights to Cyprus, Armenia, and Jerusalem to him.[2] He was the next legitimate heir in line from King Janus of Cyprus and Armenia. The kingdom itself was held by the republic of Venice, but the Savoy dynasty continued to claim it.


Charles married Blanche Palaiologina (Bianca di Montferrato) (1472–1519), daughter of William VIII, Marquess of Montferrat.[3] After Charles died from tuberculosis, Blanche was regent of the Duchy of Savoy from 1490 to 1496. They had:

  1. Yolande Louise of Savoy (1487–1499), married Philibert II of Savoy[4]
  2. Charles John Amadeus of Savoy (1489–1496)[4]


  1. ^ Hand 2013, p. 220.
  2. ^ Hill 1948, p. 612.
  3. ^ Denieul-Cormier 1969, p. 37.
  4. ^ a b Boase 2017, p. 116.


  • Boase, Roger (2017). Secrets of Pinar's Game: Court Ladies and Courtly Verse in Fifteenth-Century Spain. 1. Brill.
  • Denieul-Cormier, Anne (1969). A Time of Glory: The Renaissance in France, 1488-1559. Doubleday.
  • Hand, Joni M. (2013). Women, Manuscripts and Identity in Northern Europe, 1350-1550. Ashgate.
  • Hill, George (1948). A History of Cyprus. The Frankish Period, 1432–1571. Cambridge University Press.
Charles I, Duke of Savoy
Born: 29 March 1468 Died: 13 March 1490
Preceded by
Philibert I
Duke of Savoy
Succeeded by
Charles II
Preceded by
King of Armenia,
Cyprus and Jerusalem