Maximilian Sforza

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Massimiliano Sforza, c.1496–1499

Maximilian (Massimiliano) Sforza (25 January 1493 – 4 June 1530) was a Duke of Milan from the Sforza family, the son of Lodovico Sforza. He ruled 1512–1515,[1] between the occupations of Louis XII of France (1500–1512), and Francis I of France in 1515. After the French victory at the Battle of Marignano, Massimiliano was imprisoned by the returning French troops. He waived his rights to Milan for the sum of 30,000 ducats and continued to live in France.[2]

When he was three his father tried to arrange a marriage between him and Mary Tudor, the younger daughter of King Henry VII of England. However, Henry VII rejected the proposal as Massimiliano's father was hoping that Henry would help him against the French, which was not in Henry's interest.

Ancestors[edit]

Maximilian Sforza's ancestors in three generations

 
 
 
 
Muzio Sforza
 
 
Francesco I Sforza
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucia da Torsano
 
 
Ludovico Sforza
 
 
 
 
 
 
Filippo Maria Visconti
 
 
Bianca Maria Visconti
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agnese del Maino
 
Maximilian Sforza
 
 
 
 
 
Niccolò III d'Este
 
 
Ercole d'Este I
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ricciarda da Saluzzo
 
 
Beatrice d'Este
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferdinand I of Naples
 
 
Eleanor of Naples
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isabella of Clermont
 


See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander p. 97
  2. ^ Frieda p. 333

References[edit]

  • Alexander, J. J. G., Italian Renaissance Illuminations, (1978) ISBN 9780701122706
  • Frieda, Leonie. The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (2012)
  • Perry, Maria, Sisters to King Henry VIII, (1998)
Italian nobility
Preceded by
Louis XII of France
Duke of Milan
1512–1515
Succeeded by
Francis I of France