Malaspina family

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Malaspina family
Black noble family
Malaspina della Spino Secco
Malaspina della Spino Fiorito
Motto: "This spine pricks the wicked, not the good."
(Latin: Sum Mala Spina Malis, Sum Bona Spina Bonis)
Country  Italy
Parent house Obertenghi
Founded 11th Century
Founder Oberto I
Final ruler Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa
Dissolution 1790
Ethnicity Italian (Langobard ancestry)
Cadet branches
  • Coat of arms of the House of Malaspina (Spino Secco).svg Malaspina-Spino Secco
  • Coat of arms of the House of Malaspina (Spino Fiorito).svg Malaspina-Spino Fiorito
    • Coat of arms of the House of Cybo-Malaspina.svg Cybo-Malaspina

The Malaspina were a noble Italian family of langobard origin descended from Boniface I, Margrave of Tuscany through the Obertenghi line, which ruled Lunigiana from the 13th to the 14th century through many feuds and, since the 14th century, the marquisate of Massa and lordship of Carrara, then Duchy of Massa and Carrara, and latterly Principality of Massa and Marquisate of Carrara.