Ludovico II Gonzaga
He was the son of Guido Gonzaga and Beatrix of Bar. Together with his brother Francesco, he set a plot against his elder brother Ugolino, who had been also associated the power by the father, killing him on 14 October 1362 during a dinner. Despite the suspicions, Guido pardoned the sons. In 1368 also Francesco died in mysterious circumstances, and Ludovico became the only successor to Guido.
When the latter died, Ludovico set a policy of friendship with the nearby Milan and their rulers, the House of Visconti. His son Francesco was married to Agnese, daughter of Bernabò Visconti. He also established trade links with the Republic of Venice. In the internal affairs, Ludovico built or strengthened fortifications in his land, but also faced two plots, such as that by Antonio Gonzaga in 1373.
Ludovico died in 1382, and was buried in the church of San Francesco.
- Biography at the Gonzaga family website (Italian)
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