Odoardo Farnese, Hereditary Prince of Parma
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|Hereditary Prince of Parma|
|Tenure||12 August 1666 – 6 September 1693|
12 August 1666|
Ducal Palace of Colorno, Parma
|Died||6 September 1693(aged 27)|
|Burial||Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma|
|Spouse||Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg|
|Prince Alessandro Ignazio
Elisabeth, Queen of Spain
|Father||Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma|
Odoardo Farnese (12 August 1666 – 6 September 1693) was the son and heir of Duke Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza. He was the Hereditary Prince of Parma from his birth till his death. He was the father of the famously domineering Elisabeth Farnese.
Born at the Ducal Palace of Colorno in Colorno outside the city of Parma, his mother Isabella d´Este, died some twelve days after giving birth to Odoardo who was the couples only son on 21 August 1666 at Colorno.
His father had been previously married to Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, first cousin of Louis XIV but the marriage resulted in no children. His father then married his mother Isabella d´Este, daughter of Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena and Maria Caterina Farnese. His parents were first cousins.
She was the daughter of the well-connected Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine. The marriage was the first between an Italian prince and a German princess. Dorothea Sophie also bought a large dowry to the Farnese.
Odoardo died before his father and never ruled. His widow Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg remarried Odoardo's half-brother Francesco Farnese on 8 December 1695, who became Duke when his father died in 1694.
- Alessandro Ignazio Farnese (6 December 1691 - 5 August 1693);
- Elisabeth Farnese (25 October 1692 - 11 July 1766) married King Philip V of Spain and had issue.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 12 August 1666 – 6 September 1693 His Highness the Hereditary Prince of Parma
Philip V of Spain: The King Who Reigned Twice, by Henry KAMEN, ISBN 0-300-08718-7 ISBN 978-0-300-08718-5 Editorial: Yale Univ Press, Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (2001). Hardcover. This highly readable account is the first biography of Philip V in English.