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Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Ferdinando Gonzaga
Ferdinando Gonzaga
Duke of Mantua and Montferrat
Reign22 December 1612 - 29 October 1626
PredecessorFrancesco IV Gonzaga
SuccessorVincenzo II Gonzaga
Born(1587-04-26)26 April 1587
Mantua, Duchy of Mantua
Died29 October 1626(1626-10-29) (aged 39)
Mantua, Duchy of Mantua
SpouseCamilla Faa (morganatic) Catherine de' Medici
IssueFrancesco Giacinto Teodoro Giovanni
HouseHouse of Gonzaga
FatherVincenzo I Gonzaga
MotherEleonora de' Medici

Ferdinand I Gonzaga (26 April 1587 – 29 October 1626) was Duke of Mantua and Duke of Montferrat from 1612 until his death.


Born in Mantua, he was the son of Vincenzo I and Eleonora de' Medici.[1]

He was appointed a cardinal at the age of 20. A few years after his elder brother, Duke Francesco IV, died in 1612 without male heirs, he renounced the ecclesiastical career and succeeded his brother in both the Duchy of Mantua and the Duchy of Montferrat.

In 1616 he secretly married Camilla Faà di Bruno, whom he divorced in the same year. Their son Francesco Giacinto Teodoro Giovanni Gonzaga, although accepted at court, was not made Ferdinando's heir. He died of the plague at the age of 14, during the 1630 siege of Mantua.[2] On 16 February 1617 Ferdinando married Caterina de' Medici (1593–1629), the daughter of Ferdinand I, Grand Duke of Tuscany.[1]

Ferdinand Gonzaga died in 1626. His younger brother Vincenzo II inherited the duchy.[1]


In 1616 he married Camilla Faà di Bruno, they had:



  1. ^ a b c Parrott 1997, p. 22.
  2. ^ Grendler 2009, p. 239.
  3. ^ Parrott 1997, p. 37.


  • Grendler, Paul F. (2009). The University of Mantua, the Gonzaga, and the Jesuits, 1584–1630. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Parrott, David (1997). "The Mantuan Succession, 1627–31: A Sovereignty Dispute in Early Modern Europe". The English Historical Review. CXII, Issue 445, February (445). Oxford Academic: 20–65. doi:10.1093/ehr/CXII.445.20.


Regnal titles Preceded byFrancis IV Duke of Mantua 1612–1626 Succeeded byVincent II Duke of Montferrat 1612–1626
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