Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
VICTOR AMADEUS I, DUKE OF SAVOY
DUPRÉ, Guillaume: France, 1636, Bronze, 105 mm
Victor Amadeus (1587-1637) was the son of Charles Emmanuel I. He became Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy, on the death of his father in 1630. He also held the titles of Prince of Piedmont and King of Cyprus. He succeeded to little more than a title, but by his alliance with France – his wife Christina Bourbon (whom he married in 1619), being the daughter of Henry IV of France and Marie de' Medici – he managed to regain most of his territories. He proved to be a wise and popular ruler but died at an early age in 1637. His son was Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy.
The House of Savoy was a dynasty which ruled over the territory of Savoy and Piedmont for nine centuries, and since 1860 over the kingdom of Italy.
LINK to Biography and Portrait of Victor Amadeus (from Wikipedia)