Ottaviano de' Medici

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Ottaviano de' Medici (July 11, 1484 – May 28, 1546) was an Italian politician and statesman, ancestor of the Princes of Ottaiano line of the Medici family.

From a minor branch of the Medici family, he gained prominence through his marriage to Francesca Salviati, a distant cousin and granddaughter of Lorenzo de' Medici.[1]

He held several important positions in Florence, including that of Gonfaloniere di Giustizia, although now a merely formal one after the suppression of the Republic by the Spanish troops in 1530. He was also Senator from 1532.[citation needed] He was trusted by Alessandro de' Medici with administrating the family's Tuscan estates.[2]

His son Alessandro was cardinal and, from 1605, pope as Leo XI. His other son Bernadetto founded the southern Italian line of the family by acquiring the seigniory of Ottaiano, near Naples.[1]


  1. ^ a b George L. Williams (1 January 2004). Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes. McFarland. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7864-2071-1. 
  2. ^ Herbert Vaughan, (16 April 2013). The Medici Popes: Leo X and Clement VII. Read Books Limited. p. 272. ISBN 978-1-4474-8162-1.