Amadeus VIII


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Amadeus VIII

(ămədē`əs), 1383–1451, count (1391–1416) and duke (from 1416) of Savoy, antipope (1439–49) with the name Felix V. In 1434 he appointed his son regent of Savoy and retired to the hermitage of Ripaille, on Lake Geneva, which he had founded. In 1439 the Council of Basel (see Basel, Council ofBasel, Council of,
1431–49, first part of the 17th ecumenical council in the Roman Catholic Church. It is generally considered to have been ecumenical until it fell into heresy in 1437; after that it is regarded as an anticouncil.
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), which had been pronounced heretical by the pope, declared Eugene IVEugene IV,
1383–1447, pope (1431–47), a Venetian named Gabriele Condulmer; successor of Martin V. He was of exemplary character and ascetic habits. Gregory XII, his uncle, made him cardinal (1408).
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 deposed and elected Amadeus, much respected for his probity, to the papacy. Although a layman, Amadeus reluctantly accepted, believing that he could bring peace to the church. As Felix V, he received only scattered recognition from the secular powers. Following the election of Nicholas V as pope, Felix yielded his claim. He was subsequently made a cardinal. He was the last of the antipopes.
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This new translation of the famed late medieval cookbook Du Fait de Cuisine by Master Chiquart, the master chef to Amadeus VIII, the Duke of Savoy, provides the reader with both a wealth of information on the cookery of the late middle ages and a glimpse into a social history too often skewed by popular imagination.
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