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Nicolò Sagredo (December 8, 1606 – August 14, 1676) was the 105th Doge of Venice, reigning from February 6, 1675 until his death less than two years later. Little of note occurred during his reign as Venice was still recovering from the Cretan War (1645–1669), which had ended in the reign of his predecessor.
He was born in Venice, the son of Paola Foscari and Zaccaria Sagredo, Nicolò Sagredo's career was initially hampered by his father's cowardice. In May 1630, at the Battle of Valeggio, a part of the War of the Mantuan Succession, the elder Sagredo deserted in the midst of a battle that saw Venetian forces thoroughly trounced. His family disgraced, Nicolò Sagredo was unable to embark on the life of politics he might otherwise have begun at this time.
The Sagredo family managed to redeem itself through providing Venice with several heroic deaths during the course of the Cretan War, and meanwhile the family had grown quite rich. Sagredo was able to parlay his wealth and new-found respect into a series of embassies on behalf of the Most Serene Republic, before eventually becoming a Procurator of San Marco.
Doge Domenico II Contarini died on January 26, 1675. On February 6, 1675, Sagredo was easily elected as Doge. He celebrated his election as Doge with festivities and gifts. Such ceremony was the only notable characteristic of his reign as Doge: in 1675, he celebrated the traditional marriage of Venice with the sea with a level of pomp and ceremony that was long remembered by Venice for its splendor.
Domenico II Contarini
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