Alfonso d'Este, Lord of Montecchio

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Alfonso d'Este
Spouse(s) Giulia della Rovere
Violante Signa
Noble family House of Este
Father Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
Mother Laura Dianti
Born (1527-03-10)10 March 1527
Died 1 November 1587(1587-11-01) (aged 60)

Alfonso d'Este (10 March 1527 – 1 November 1587) was an Italian nobleman.


Born at Ferrara, he was the illegitimate son of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara by his lover Laura Dianti. In 1523 his father gave him Montecchio and turned it into a feudal inheritance for cadet members of his family[1] – in 1569 it was promoted to a marquessate by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor.[2]

Alfonso was legitimated in 1532 by cardinal Innocenzo Cybo and in 1533 by his father Alfonso I.[3] His first marriage followed on 3 January 1549, to Giulia della Rovere, daughter of Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino and Eleonora Gonzaga. In 1584 he married Violante Signa, though that marriage remained childless.[4]

He died at Ferrara in 1587.


Alfonso had by Giulia della Rovere the following children:[5]

He also had one illegitimate child: