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Duchy of Savoy

Duché de Savoie

Last modified: 2005-03-19 by ivan sache
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Flag of the Duchy of Savoy

Savoy has been using a red flag with a white cross since the Middle Ages.

The flag of Savoy is a banner of its traditional arms, (de gueules à la croix d'argent - gules a cross silver), locally called the Cross of Savoy (la croix de Savoie).

The arms of Savoy have the same origin as the flag of the Sovereign Order of Malta. These may have been given by the Pope to Amédée of Savoy, when he was sent to fight the "Infidels" in the eastern part of the Mediterranean sea. A link with the Crusades is also possible.

Ivan Sache & Pascal Vagnat, 4 January 2004

Flag shown in Encyclopaedia Britannica (1771)

[1771 Savoy flag]by Randy Young

In the XVIII century for distinguish the flag from the one of Malta, the letters FEPT were added.

Jaume Ollé, 1 November 1998

Later flag with blue background

[Later flag]by Jaume Ollé

Later, a blue background, in honour of the Virgin, was added.

1785 flag

[1785 flag]by Jaume Ollé

Later flag

[Later flag]by Jaume Ollé