François de Candia, 1st Vidominus or Vidame de Geneva
- + 1363 Ventimiglia
) was lawyer, diplomat and a nobleman of the House of Candia
;<br> From 1314 – to the 26th of December 1360 he was "Vidomne de Geneve
"; and military commander of the Prince-Bishop
, under the Catholic Lordship of the Knights of the Swiss Kingdoms of the Priory of Sion (Sitten
) and member of the House of Savoy
by his mother.
"Vidominus di Ginevra"In his early military career, young count François fought for the protection of the Alpine passages and in 1377 was Captain of the Castle of the Rhone River (capitaine du château de l'Ile sur le Rhône
). Though he originally began his military career to serve his land, later heirs to the Vice-Count lordship of Geneva gave him the chance to develop great diplomatic
skills, and gained legal control over territories and strategic mountain passes in the Alps
. In the following years, François de Candie had the honour of being chosen one of the masters of the Most Noble Order of the Priory of Geneva. He attended the needs and diplomatic duties of the Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy
and the Prince-Bishop of Geneva of the House of Savoy
in dealings with neighbouring Duchies. This caused the great powers such as France
crowns to take the Vice-Count’s opinions into account.
Note: His hereditary title of Vice-Count of Geneva was active and held by the de Candiæ family until... Read More