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date: 20 August 2019

Savoy, House of familylocked

  • Sheila Edmunds,
  • Robert Oresko
  •  and Olimpia Theodoli


Dynasty of rulers, patrons, and collectors. They were counts of Savoy from the 11th century and dukes of Savoy from the 15th century (see fig.), and in the 16th century the family established a distinguished court at Turin, which became the centre for the House of Savoy’s politically motivated display and art patronage notable for its cultural and artistic cosmopolitanism. One branch of the family ruled as dukes of Savoy, very briefly as kings of Sicily, and then as kings of Sardinia. In 1831 the Crown of Sardinia passed to the cadet Savoy-Carignano branch of the family, members of which ruled as kings of Italy from 1861 until the country became a republic in 1946.

Storia di Torino, 9 vols (Turin, 1997–2003)

During this period the House of Savoy ruled a domain spanning the western Alps from north of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea. Its heraldic devices, a white cross on a red field (Savoyard cross), a love-knot (...

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