Eleonora Gonzaga (1630–1686)
- For other women of the same name, see Eleanor Gonzaga (disambiguation)
|Holy Roman Empress|
|Born||18 November 1630|
|Died||6 December 1686(aged 56)|
|Spouse||Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor|
|Issue||Eleanor, Queen of Poland
Maria Anna Josepha, Electoral Princess of the Palatinate
|House||House of Gonzaga|
|Father||Charles Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers|
|Mother||Maria Gonzaga, Duchess of Montferrat|
Her father was a son and co-ruler of Charles I, Duke of Mantua but predeceased his father. Her paternal grandmother was Catherine of Mayenne. Her maternal grandparents were Francesco IV Gonzaga and Margaret of Savoy. Catherine of Mayenne was a daughter of Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne and Henriette of Savoy, Marquise de Villars. Margaret was a daughter of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and Catherine Michelle of Spain. Catherine Michelle was in turn the second and last daughter of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of Valois.
Marriage and children
She was born on 18 November 1630 in Mantua. On 30 April 1651 in Vienna, she married the Emperor Ferdinand III, thus becoming Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. She died in Vienna, surviving her husband by 29 years.
She bore Ferdinand four children, two of whom survived into adulthood:
- Theresa Maria Josepha, Archduchess of Austria (27 March 1652 – 26 July 1653)
- Eleonora Maria of Austria (21 May 1653 – 17 December 1697), who married first Michael Korybut Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland, and then Charles Léopold, Duke of Lorraine.
- Maria Anna Josepha of Austria (30 December 1654 – 4 April 1689), who married John William, Elector Palatine.
- Ferdinand Joseph Alois, Archduke of Austria (11 February 1657 – 16 June 1658)
Eleanor is described as cultivated and religious. She protected and developed the cultural establishment in Vienna : she wrote Italian poems, founded a literary academy and despite her strict personal Catholicism, she did not discriminate against Protestant writers. She continued to play a very important part of the court also as a Dowager Empress after 1657, was active as a patron of culture, arranging ballets and festivals. She had the imperial palace, the Hofburg, expanded. She was also active in religion and founded several convents, such as an Ursuline convent in Vienna (1663). She founded the orders Sklavinnen der Tugend for noble ladies (1662) and served as Grand Mistress of the Sternkreuzorden, the "Order of the Starry Cross" (1668).
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|Ancestors of Eleonora Gonzaga (1630–1686)|
Literature and references
- Eleonore. In: Brigitte Hamann (Hg.), Die Habsburger. 1988, S. 79.
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- Her profile in Peerage.com
- Marek, Miroslav. "A listing of descendants of Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua". Genealogy.EU.
Maria Leopoldine of Austria
|Empress of the Holy Roman Empire
Margaret Theresa of Spain