Francesco IV Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
|Francesco IV Gonzaga|
Francesco IV Gonzaga
|Duke of Mantua and Montferrat|
|Predecessor||Vincenzo I Gonzaga|
7 May 1586|
22 December 1612 (aged 26)|
Margaret of Savoy (m. 1608)
|Father||Vincenzo I Gonzaga|
|Mother||Eleonora de' Medici|
In 1607, Claudio Monteverdi dedicated his opera L'Orfeo to Francesco. The title page of the opera bears the dedication "Al serenissimo signor D. Francesco Gonzaga, Prencipe di Mantoua, & di Monferato, &c."
Francesco became Duke upon his father's death on 9 February 1612. He died at Mantua on 22 December 1612 without male heirs. He was succeeded by his brother Ferdinand; however, Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, the father of Francesco's wife Margaret of Savoy, disputed this, leading to the War of the Montferrat Succession (1613–1617).
On 19 February 1608 he married in Turin, Margaret of Savoy (1589–1655), daughter of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy. They had three children (one son and two daughters), only one of whom survived into adulthood:
- Maria (29 July 1609 – 14 August 1660); married in 1627 Charles II of Gonzaga, Duke of Rethel end Nevers.
- Ludovico (27 April 1611 – 3 August 1612).
- Eleanore (12 September 1612 – 13 September 1612).
Francesco IV Gonzaga, Duke of MantuaBorn: 7 May 1586 Died: 22 December 1612
| Duke of Mantua
| Duke of Montferrat|