Humbert was the son of Count Amadeus III of Savoy and Matilda of Vienna. He was born at Avigliana, educated by Bishop Amadeus of Lausanne, and became Count of Savoy when quite young on the death of his father. Humbert ruled wisely and engaged in several wars to defend his principality. Late in life, he returned to the Cistercian Abbey of Hautecombe, where he probably died, though legend says that he emerged to lead his troops against invading German troops and died at Chambery. His cult was approved in 1831.
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