Ercole, Lord of Monaco
|Lord of Monaco|
|Reign||17 May 1589 – 29 November 1604|
|House||House of Grimaldi|
|Father||Honoré I, Lord of Monaco|
24 September 1562|
|Died||29 November 1604
|Burial||Saint Nicholas Cathedral|
Ercole was the youngest of four sons of Honoré I (1522–1581) and Isabella Grimaldi. His eldest brother Charles II became Lord of Monaco on the death of their father in 1581. Ercole's two elder brothers Francois (1557–1586) and Horace (1558–1559) died in childhood. Thus leaving Ercole as heir to his brother Charles II, who died in 1589 at the age of 34, without issue. Ercole was 27 years old.
He married Maria Landi on 15 December 1595 and the marriage produced three children;
- Giovanna Maria Grimaldi (29 September 1596 – December 1620), married Gian Giacomo Teodoro Trivulzio, Conte di Melzo, Principe di Musocco.
- Honoré II (Monaco, 24 December 1597 – Monaco, 10 January 1662) married Ippolita Trivulzio.
- Maria Claudia Grimaldi, Carmeline nun in Genoa (1 January 1599 – 1668).
Ercole was murdered in 1604 and his six-year-old son Honoré became Lord of Monaco under the regency of Ercole's brother in law, Frederico Landi, 4th Prince of Val di Taro. Honoré was the first Lord of Monaco to be called Prince of Monaco.
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