Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy

Francis Hyacinth (Italian: Francesco Giacinto; 14 September 1632 – 4 October 1638) was Duke of Savoy from 1637 to 1638 under regency of his mother Christine Marie.

Francis Hyacinth
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Portrait by Francesco Cairo, between 1635–1650
Duke of Savoy
Reign7 October 1637 – 4 October 1638
PredecessorVictor Amadeus I
SuccessorCharles Emmanuel II
RegentChristine of France
Born(1632-09-14)14 September 1632
Castle of Valentino, Turin, Savoy
Died4 October 1638(1638-10-04) (aged 6)
Castle of Valentino, Turin, Savoy
Francesco Giacinto di Savoia
FatherVictor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy
MotherChristine of France
ReligionRoman Catholicism


Born at the Castle of Valentino in Turin he was the eldest surviving son of Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy and his wife Christine Marie of France. As the heir to the Savoyard throne, he was styled as the Prince of Piedmont. His parents had another son who had died in 1628 prior to the birth of Francis Hyacinth.

At his father's death in October 1637, he succeeded and his mother took power having been claimed regent. While Duke of Savoy he also held the subsidiary titles of Marquess of Saluzzo, count of Aosta, Moriana and Nice, and claimant King of Jerusalem. The infant was nicknamed the Flower of Paradise (French: Fleur de Paradis)[1]. Having succeeded his father at such a young age, Francis Hyacinth did not rule de facto being only 5 years old. Having caught a fever, he died at the Castle of Valentino, and was succeeded by his brother Charles Emmanuel II. The infant was buried at the Sacra di San Michele in Turin.



  • Merlini, Carlo (1938). Ambienti e Figure di Torino Vecchia. Turin.
Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy
Born: 14 September 1632 Died: 4 October 1638
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Savoy
Succeeded by