Saturday, January 12, 2013

Birthday of Carlo Emanuele the Great

It was on this day in 1562 that the future Duke Carlo Emanuele di Savoia was born. Later known as Carlo Emanuele the Great, he had a reputation for zeal and daring and during his reign as Duke of Savoy fought battles against the French, the Swiss, the Spanish and the Republic of Genoa. For a time he was considered a possible future King of Serbia, but nothing came of that. A father of ten children, he left the ducal throne to his son Vittorio Amadeo I, the "Lion of Susa" who gained the titles of King of Cyprus and Jerusalem for the House of Savoy.

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