Lucia Migliaccio

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Lucia Migliaccio
Duchess di Floridia
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Born (1770-07-19)19 July 1770
Syracuse, Kingdom of Sicily
Died 26 April 1826(1826-04-26) (aged 55)
Naples, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Spouse Benedetto Grifeo, Prince of Partanna
Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
House House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Father Vincenzo Migliaccio
Mother Dorotea Borgia
Religion Roman Catholic

Lucia Migliaccio, Duchess di Floridia (19 July 1770, Syracuse, Sicily - 26 April 1826, Naples) was the second wife of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. Their marriage was morganatic and Lucia was never a Queen consort.

Family[edit]

She was a daughter of Vincent Migliaccio and Dorotea Borgia. Her mother came from Spain. Lucia Migliaccio had several sons, and a daughter, Lucia Borbone, who married Salvatore Sagnelli. Both of them are buried in Maddaloni, near Caserta.

Marriages[edit]

She married first Benedetto Grifeo, Prince di Partanna. They had five children:

  • Giuseppe Grifeo
  • Marianna Grifeo
  • Vincenzo Grifeo
  • Leopoldo Grifeo
  • Luigi Grifeo

On 27 November 1814, Lucia married Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, also known as Ferdinand III of Sicily, in Palermo. The bride was forty-four years old and the groom sixty-three. Their marriage created a scandal as it took place on September 8, 1814, within three months of the death of his first wife Queen Maria Carolina of Austria. Protocol rules required at least one-year period of mourning. By then, Ferdinand had already practically abdicated his power by naming his eldest son Prince Francis as his regent and delegating most decisions to him. His deceased queen, Maria Carolina, herself had been considered the de facto ruler of Sicily until 1812. Lucia after her marriage had very limited influence and little interest in politics.

Ferdinand was restored to the throne of the Kingdom of Naples by right of his victory on the Battle of Tolentino (3 May 1815) over Joachim Murat. On 8 December 1816 he merged the thrones of Sicily and Naples under the name of the throne of the Two Sicilies, with Francis still serving as his regent and Lucia as his morganatic spouse.

Ferdinand continued to rule until his death on 4 January 1825. Lucia survived him by a year and three months. She was buried in the Church of San Ferdinando, Naples.

External links[edit]

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