Peter of Savoy (Archbishop of Lyon)

Peter of Savoy, died in November 1332, was a prelate of the 14th century.[1]

Peter was the son of Thomas III of Piedmont and Guyonne de Chalon. In 1304, he was Dean of Salisbury Cathedral and a canon.

In December 1308, he was appointed Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of Gaul.[2]

Unlike his predecessor, Peter of Savoy does not accept the gradual takeover of the kingdom of France in Lyon. It therefore encourages residents to révolt,[3] encourages them to strengthen the city walls, and he puts aside the historical dispute between the archbishop and cathédral chapter,[4] providing a pretext for Philip the Fair to send his son Louis, King of Navarre and his brother Charles of Valois] to lead an army besieging Lyon in 1310. The war ended with the intervention of the Archbishop's uncle, Amédée V of Savoie, who reluctantly agreed with the king's side not to be the next victim.[5] A treaty was signed on 10 April 1312. But Peter losses control of Lyon to the King. The people of Lyon receive several franchises, such as the right to establish fees for the service of the city.

These are the subject of two written papers, one by clerics Lyon between the opening of the Council of Vienna October 16, 1311 and the Treaty of 10 April 1312, appointed Grauamina, the other by the prosecutor of the bailiff Macon, between this treaty and the end of 1312.[6] The first seeks to demonstrate that the royal depredations were huge, considering the 150 000 pounds tournaments; the second minimizes the contrary, bringing the cost to 10 000 pounds tournaments only. Of this, the royal treasury will not give in that 2000 livres, which the king added, by "royal munificence" (sua munificentia regalis) 500 Other livres.[7] These compensations are paid to the archbishop 27 December 13127.

In 1316, he sees the election and coronation of Pope John XXII in his city.


  1. Jean de Sismondi, Histoire des Français, vol. 6, Bruxelles, H. Dumont, 1836, 551 p. (lire en ligne), p. 163-165
  2. Antoine Péricaud, Note et documents pour servir à l'histoire de Lyon depuis l'origine jusqu'à l'année 1349, Lyon, Pélagaud, Lesne & Crozet, 1838, p 50.
  3. La Savoie aux portes de Lyon au Moyen Age (12ème au 14ème siècle).
  4. Pierre de Savoie.
  5. Gerbaix de Sonnaz & Sangiuliani di Gualdana 1902, Carlo Alberto Gerbaix de Sonnaz et Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana, Un incident peu connu de l'histoire de Savoie au commencement du XIVe siècle : le comte Amé V de Savoie & les Savoyards à l'expédition de l'empereur Henri VII de Luxembourg en Italie et à Rome, 1308-1313, (Thonon-les-Bains, A. Dubouloz, 1902), p. 52.
  6. Alexis Charansonnet 2012, § 1, « Les documents du Trésor des chartes comme sources pour l’étude des négociations entre le roi et l'archevêque de Lyon », p. 443.
  7. Alexis Charansonnet 2012, § 2, « “Enquêtes” sur Lyon ? Des objets textuels mal identifiés », p. 443.
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