Charny family sold the shroud to the Savoy family

In 1453, the Charny family sold the shroud to the Savoy family.

“In 1453 Margaret de Charny deeded the Shroud to the House of Savoy.” … d_of_Turin

It was exchanged for the castle of Varambon and revenues from the Miribel estate.

When Humbert died in 1438 the Shroud became the possession of his widow, Margaret de Charny. She is believed to have given the Shroud to Duke Louis I of Savoy, in exchange for estate revenues and a castle.

Margaret de Charny, at Geneva, receives from Duke Louis I of Savoy the castle of Varambon and revenues of the estate of Miribel near Lyon for ‘valuable services’. Those services are thought to have been the bequest of the Shroud.

By an accord drawn up in Paris, Duke Louis I of Savoy agrees to pay the Lirey canons an annual rent, to be drawn from the revenues of the castle of Gaillard, near Geneva, as compensation for their loss of the Shroud. (This is the first surviving document to record that the Shroud has become Savoy property) The accord specifically notes that the Shroud had been given to the church of Lirey by Geoffrey de Charny, lord of Savoisy and Lirey, and that it had then been transferred to Duke Louis by Margaret de Charny.

The Varambon castle is large, even by modern standards.

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Though I cannot find any documentation on exactly how large the castle was in 1453, it’s not unreasonable it was fairly close to what we see today. But, what we do know is the shroud was considered of great value by both the Charny family and the Savoy family. It was probably worth even more and the Savoy family got a great deal from it since Margaret de Charny sold it under financial stress since her husband was deceased.

This is the only evidence we have of the financial value of the shroud. And obviously it was worth a lot. This is evidence against Charny acquiring the shroud from a forger since it’s doubtful he had that kind of money to buy the shroud. It is also evidence against King Philip giving the shroud to Charny since there’s no reason for a King to give a knight anything of such value.

Amazingly, the Savoy family owned the shroud since 1453 until 1983. Now, the owner of the shroud is the Catholic Pope.

March 18, 1983: Death of ex-king Umberto II in Cascais. The Shroud’s formal owner, his will discloses that he has bequeathed the Shroud to the Pope and his successors, with the proviso that the cloth stays in Turin.