Gonzalo II Fernández de Córdoba (1520–1578)

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Gonzalo II Fernández de Córdoba

Gonzalo II Fernández de Córdoba (Cartagena, 27 July 1520 – 3 December 1578 in Odón), 3rd duke of Sessa, was the grandson of a Viceroy of Naples, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, 1st duke of Sessa. He was twice a Governor of the Duchy of Milan, 1554–1560, Knight 217 of the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1555, and was awarded the title of 1st duke of Baena by King Philip II of Spain on 19 August 1566. In 1552 he sold his title of 3rd duke of Andria to Fabrizio Carafa, count of Rufo.

His mother died when he was four and his father when he was six. On 30 November 1538 he married at Valladolid, Spain, María Sarmiento de Mendoza, who was the sister of Diego de los Cobos y Hurtado de Mendoza, 1st marquis of Camarasa, and the daughter of Ubeda born Francisco de los Cobos, powerful Secretary of State and Financial Accountant of King Charles I of Spain, who was also Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. There was no issue from this marriage.

Gonzalo II, holder of several dukedoms and many other lesser titles, Spanish and Italian, was Captain General of the Spanish Troops in Italy, Great Admiral of the Kingdom of Naples, and a member of the Spanish king Royal Council for Italy and the Royal War Council, too.

In 1578, he died without issue. The succession to many of his titles, including the 4th dukedom of Sessa, 6th title of Countess of Cabra and the 2nd dukedom of Baena went to his sister, who had described herself un tilthen as Francisca Fernámdez de Córdoba.

Youngest sister Francisca had married in 1542 Álvaro de Zúñiga y Sotomayor, 4th marquis of Gibraleón, 6 count of Belalcázar, deceased 24 February 1559. This name Zúñiga belonged to her husband's mother, "Teresa de Zúñiga", who died 25 November 1565, 2nd marchioness of Ayamonte, Lady of Lepe and Redondela, 3rd duchess of Béjar on her own rights, 4th countess of Bañares, 2nd marchioness of Gibraleón . Her husband, a "Sotomayor", from Córdoba, was also a member of the nobility but not as wealthy or as important as his wife. nce more, the inherited name was no necessarily always "transmitted" by the father exclusively, things depending on personal circumstances There was no issue from this marriage.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Cristoforo Madruzzo
Governor
of the Duchy of Milan (1st time)

1558–1560
Succeeded by
Francesco Ferdinando d'Ávalos
Preceded by
Francesco Ferdinando d'Ávalos
Governor
of the Duchy of Milan (2nd time)

1563–1564
Succeeded by
Gabriel de la Cueva, 5th Duke of Alburquerque