Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

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Ferdinando Gonzaga
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Ferdinando Gonzaga
Spouse(s) Catherine de' Medici
Noble family House of Gonzaga
Father Vincenzo I Gonzaga
Mother Eleonora de' Medici
Born (1587-04-26)26 April 1587
Mantua
Died 29 October 1626(1626-10-29) (aged 39)
Mantua


Ferdinand I Gonzaga (April 26, 1587 – October 29, 1626) was Duke of Mantua and Duke of Montferrat from 1612 until his death.

Biography[edit]

Born in Mantua, he was the son of Vincenzo I and Eleonora de' Medici.

He was appointed a cardinal at the age of 20. A few years after his elder brother, Duke Francesco IV, died in 1612 without heirs, he renounced the ecclesiastical career and succeeded his brother in both the Duchy of Mantua and the Duchy of Montferrat.

In 1616 he secretly married Camilla Faà di Bruno, whom he divorced in the same year. Their son Francesco Giacinto Teodoro Giovanni Gonzaga, although accepted at court, was not made Ferdinando's heir. He died of the plague—or was murdered—during the 1630 siege of Mantua. On February 16, 1617 he married Catherine de' Medici (1593–1629), the daughter of Ferdinand I, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Ferdinand Gonzaga died in 1626. His younger brother Vincenzo II inherited the duchy.

Family[edit]

On 1616 he married in married Camilla Faà di Bruno,
had a son :

References[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Preceded by
Francis IV
Duke of Mantua
1612–1626
Succeeded by
Vincent II
Duke of Montferrat
1612–1626