Cesare d'Este, Duke of Modena

Cesare d'Este (8 October 1562 – 11 December 1628) was Duke of Modena and Reggio from 1597 until his death.

Cesare d'Este
Cesare d’Este.jpg
Portrait by Frans Pourbus the Younger (1606)
Duke of Modena and Reggio
Reign27 October 1597 – 11 December 1628
PredecessorAlfonso II d'Este
as Duke of Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio
SuccessorAlfonso III d'Este
Born8 October 1562
Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara
Died11 December 1628(1628-12-11) (aged 67)
(m. 1586; died 1615)
IssueAlfonso, Duke of Modena
Laura, Duchess of Mirandola
Luigi, Lord of Montecchio
Borso d'Este
FatherAlfonso d'Este, Marquis of Montecchio
MotherGiulia della Rovere
ReligionRoman Catholicism


Born in Ferrara, Cesare was the son of Alfonso d'Este, Marquis of Montecchio, fourth son of Alfonso I d'Este and the cousin of Alfonso II d'Este, duke of Ferrara and Modena.

When the latter died without heirs in the October 1597, Cesare inherited the duchy.

The legitimacy of the succession was recognised by the Emperor Rudolph II but not by Pope Clement VIII: thus, as Ferrara was nominally a Papal fief, the city was returned to the Papal States, despite the attempts of the young duke, who sought help from the major powers to no avail.[clarification needed].

The capital was therefore moved to Modena, which he entered on 30 January 1598. His first years were troublesome: he had to face the quarrels between the Modenese and Ferrarese nobles who had come with him, the attempt at independence of Maro Pio of Sassuolo, and a war against Lucca for the possession of Garfagnana.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 30 January 1586, he married Virginia de' Medici, daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici, who suffered increasing symptoms of madness until her death in 1615. He was succeeded by his son, Alfonso.

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Cesare d'Este, Duke of Modena
Born: 8 October 1562 Died: 11 December 1628
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Modena and Reggio
Succeeded by