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Philip I , Count of Savoy
d.16 Aut 1285 Roussillon, France
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Name Philip I , Count of Savoy
Alt Name Philip I of Savoy
Gender Male
Birth? 1207 Savoie department, Rhône-Alpes, France
Death? 16 Aut 1285 Roussillon, France


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Philip I (1207 – 16 August 1285) was the Count of Savoy from 1268 to 1285. Before this, he was the Bishop of Valence (1241–1267), Dean of Vienne (1241–1267) and Archbishop of Lyon (1245–1267).

Philip was born in Aiguebelle, Savoie, the eighth son of Thomas I of Savoy and Marguerite of Geneva. His parents prepared him for a clerical career. In 1240, he was a candidate for Bishop of Lausanne, but had to resign. Instead, he became Bishop of Valence in 1241. In 1244, Pope Innocent IV fled from Rome, and Philip convinced his brother, Amadeus IV, Count of Savoy, to let the pope pass through Savoy. Pope Innocent ensured Philip's election as Archbishop of Lyon in 1245.

When, against expectations, Philip became the next heir for the County of Savoy, he gave his church offices up and married Adelaide, Countess Palatine of Burgundy, on 12 June 1267. He became Count of Savoy in 1268, and in 1272 he also acquired the County of Bresse. While he was at first successful in extending the power of Savoy, in 1282 he was opposed by a coalition of King Rudolph I, Charles of Anjou (who was also Count of Provence), the Dauphin, and the Counts of Geneva.

He appointed his nephew, Amadeus, as his successor, and died childless in Roussillon in 1285.

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References
  1.   Philip I, Count of Savoy, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2.   PHILIPPE de Savoie (Aiguebelle [1207]-Château de Roussillon, Bugey 16 Aug 1285, bur Abbaye de Hautecombe), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.