List of rulers of Mantua

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During his history as independent entity, Mantua knew different rulers, who governed on the city and the lands of Mantua from Middle Ages to early modern period.

Since 970 to 1115, the Counts of Mantua were members of the House of Canossa. During its time as free commune and signoria ("lordship"), the Lords of Mantua were exponents of the Bonacolsi and Gonzaga families. From 1328, Mantua was informally led by Gonzagas until 1433, when Gianfrancesco Gonzaga assumed the noble title of Marquess of Mantua. In 1530, Federico II received the title of Duke of Mantua. In 1531, the family acquired the vacant Marquisate of Montferrat through marriage.

In 1627, Duke Vincent II deceased without heirs, ending the original line of Gonzagas. From 1628 to 1631, a succession war was fought between the Duke of Guastalle, supported by the Holy Roman Empire, and the Duke of Nevers, supported by France, for the control of the Duchy of Mantua. Finally, the Duke of Nevers was recognized as only Duke.

In 1708, Mantua was seized by the Habsburgs, ending Gonzaga rule. Montferrat's territories were ceded to the Duke of Savoy. The emperor compensated the Duke of Lorraine, heir in the female line of the Gonzaga, for the loss of Montferrat by ceding the Duchy of Teschen to the Lorraine. In 1745, Mantua was formally unified with the Duchy of Milan, until its dissolution in 1796.

Counts of Mantua (970–1115)[edit]

House of Canossa[edit]

Main article: House of Canossa
Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Marriage(s)
Issue
Adalberto Atto.jpg Coat of arms of the Canossa family.svg Adalbert Atto 970 13 February 988  • Son of Sigifred of Lucca[1] Hildegard of Supponids
4 children
Tedald of Canossa (count).png Coat of arms of the Canossa family.svg Tebald 13 February 988 1007  • Son of Adalbert Atto Willa of Tuscany
2 children
Boniface III of Tuscany.png Coat of arms of the Canossa family.svg Boniface 1007 6 May 1052  • Son of Tebald (1) Richelida Giselbertiner
Childless

(2) Beatrice of Lorraine
3 children

Tuscany Matylda.jpg Coat of arms of the Canossa family.svg Matilda 6 May 1052 24 July 1115  • Daughter of Boniface (1) Godfrey of Lorraine
Childless

(2) Welf of Bavaria
Childless

Lords of Mantua (1272–1433)[edit]

  Ghibellines   Guelphs

Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Title
No image.svg Coat of arms of the House of Bonacolsi.svg Pinamonte dei Bonacolsi 28 July 1272 9 September 1291  • None Rector
No image.svg Coat of arms of the House of Bonacolsi.svg Bardellone dei Bonacolsi 9 September 1291 2 July 1299  • Son of Pinamonte Perpetual Rector
No image.svg Coat of arms of the House of Bonacolsi.svg Guido dei Bonacolsi 2 July 1299 21 January 1309  • Nephew of Bardellone General Captain
No image.svg Coat of arms of the House of Bonacolsi.svg Rinaldo dei Bonacolsi 21 January 1309 16 August 1328  • Brother of Guido General Captain
Луиджи Гонзага.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1328-1389).svg Ludovico Gonzaga 16 August 1328 18 January 1360  • None; supported by Cangrande of Verona Captain of the People
Гвидо Гонзага.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1328-1389).svg Guido Gonzaga 18 January 1360 22 September 1369  • Son of Ludovico Captain of the People
Лудовико II Гонзага.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1328-1389).svg Ludovico II Gonzaga 22 September 1369 4 October 1382  • Son of Guido Captain of the People
Francesco I gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1394).svg Francesco Gonzaga 4 October 1382 7 March 1407  • Son of Ludovico II Captain of the People
Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1394).svg Gianfrancesco Gonzaga 7 March 1407 22 September 1433  • Son of Francesco Captain of the People

Marquesses of Mantua (1433–1530)[edit]

House of Gonzaga[edit]

Main article: House of Gonzaga
Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Marriage(s)
Issue
Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg John Francis I
(Gianfrancesco I)
22 September 1433 25 September 1444  • Son of Francesco

 • Purchased the title from Emperor Sigismund

Paola Malatesta
6 children
Лудовико III Гонзага.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Lewis III
(Ludovico III)
25 September 1444 11 June 1478  • Son of John Francis I Barbara of Brandenburg
11 children
Federico I Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Frederick I
(Federico I)
11 June 1478 14 July 1484  • Son of Lewis III Margaret of Bavaria
6 children
Francesco II Gonzaga2.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Francis II
(Francesco II)
14 July 1484 29 March 1519  • Son of Frederick I Isabella d'Este
9 children
Federico II Gonzaga copy Titian.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Frederick II
(Federico II)
29 March 1519 8 April 1530  • Son of Francis II Margaret Paleologa
7 children

Dukes of Mantua (1530–1708)[edit]

House of Gonzaga[edit]

Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Marriage(s)
Issue
Federico II Gonzaga copy Titian.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Frederick II
(Federico II)
8 April 1530 28 June 1540  • Son of Francis II

 • Title obtained by Emperor Charles V

Margaret Paleologa
7 children
Francesco III Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1433).svg Francis III
(Francesco III)
28 June 1540 21 February 1550  • Son of Frederick II Catherine of Austria
Childless
GuglielmoI.JPG Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1575).svg William
(Guglielmo)
21 February 1550 14 August 1587  • Son of Frederick II Eleanor of Austria
3 children
Studio of Frans Pourbus II Vincenzo Gonzaga Duke of Mantua.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1575).svg Vincent I
(Vincenzo I)
14 August 1587 18 February 1612  • Son of William (1) Margherita Farnese (nullified)
Childless

(2) Eleanor de' Medici
6 children

Portrait de François IV Gonzague.png Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1575).svg Francis IV
(Francesco IV)
18 February 1612 22 December 1612  • Son of Vincent I Margaret of Savoy
3 children
Ritratto del Duca Ferdinando Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1575).svg Ferdinand
(Ferdinando)
22 December 1612 29 October 1626  • Son of Vincent I

 • Brother of Francis IV

Catherine de' Medici
Childless
Ritratto del Duca Vincenzo II Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1575).svg Vincent II
(Vincenzo II)
29 October 1626 25 December 1627  • Son of Vincent I

 • Brother of Francis IV and Ferdinand

Isabella Gonzaga
Childless

House of Gonzaga-Guastalla[edit]

Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Marriage(s)
Issue
Porträt von Ferrante Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga-Guastalla.svg Ferrand (contested)
(Ferrante)
25 December 1627 6 April 1631  • Great-grandson of Francis II

 • Recognized by Holy Roman Empire (until 1631)

Vittoria Doria
11 children

House of Gonzaga-Nevers[edit]

Portrait Coat of Arms Name Reign Relationship with Predecessor(s) Marriage(s)
Issue
Carlo I Gonzaga.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1627).svg Charles I
(Carlo I)
17 January 1628 22 September 1637  • Grandson of Frederick II Catherine of Lorraine
6 children
Ritratto di Carlo II Gonzaga Nevers.png Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1627).svg Charles II
(Carlo II)
22 September 1637  • Son of Charles I Isabella Clara of Austria
1 children
Ferdinando Carlo of Gonzaga-Nevers, duke of Mantova.jpg Coat of arms of the House of Gonzaga (1627).svg Ferdinand Charles
(Ferdinando Carlo)
17 January 1628 22 September 1637  • Son of Charles II (1) Anna Isabella Gonzaga
Childless

(2) Suzanne Henriette of Lorraine
Childless

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federigo Amadei, Cronaca universale della città di Mantova, Volume I, p.159, Mantova, 1954

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