Duke of Amalfi
Medieval Amalfi was ruled, in the tenth and eleventh centuries, by a series of dukes (Latin: duces), sometimes called dogi (singular: doge), corresponding with the republic of Venice, a maritime rival throughout the Middle Ages. Before the title of Duke of Amalfi was formally established in 957, various patricians governed the territory. Amalfi established itself as one of the earliest maritime trading powers renowned throughout the Mediterranean, considered for two centuries, one of the most powerful of the maritime republics.
The title of Duke of Amalfi was reestablished as a Spanish ducal title in 1642 by King Philip IV of Spain for Prince Ottavio Piccolomini, a Field Marshal of the Holy Roman Imperial Army. Of noble Tuscan descent, two Popes were scions of the Piccolomini family, and the first duke's younger brother, Dom Ascanio, served as Archbishop of Siena from 1628 until 1671.
The prefecture's establishment is not certain, but the first elected Prefect of Amalfi was in 839.
- Marinus (first time)
- Sergius (I)
- 860–866 Maurus
- 870–876? Marinus (second time)
- 872–879 Pulcharius (co-ruled with Marinus)
- 883 Sergius (II)
- 898 Stephen
- 898–914 Manso (I)
The time of the patricians (or judges) is not well known. The numbering of the rulers of Amalfi usually begins again with the judgeship. Mastalus was elected judge upon his succession in 914.
Independent dukes (957–1073)Edit
Mastalus was elected duke on his coming of age, but died the next year. A new dynasty was then inaugurated. It reigned uninterrupted for the next 115 years, except during the period 1039–1052, when the duke of Salerno conquered the duchy.
- 957–958 Mastalus II
House of Musco ComiteEdit
- 958–966 Sergius I (II)
- 966–1004 Manso I (II), also Prince of Salerno (981–983)
- 984–986 Adelfer, in opposition to Manso
- 1004–1007 John I (II), also Prince of Salerno (981–983)
- 1007–1028 Sergius II (III)
- 1028–1029 Manso II (III) under regency of
- 1028–1029 Maria, his mother
- 1029–1034 John II (III)
- 1034–1039 Maria, again, with
House of SalernoEdit
- 1039–1052 Guaimar I, also Prince of Salerno (1027–1052)
House of Musco ComiteEdit
A certain Manso ruled Amalfi—minting his own currency—under the title of vicedux (Vice-duke) sometime between 1077 and 1096, most probably during the reign of Robert's son Roger Borsa. Manso recognised Norman overlordship and was most probably a Norman appointee.
Neapolitan dukes (1388–1673)Edit
- 1398–1405 Venceslao Sanseverino, also Count of Tricario and Chiaromonte, and Duke of Venosa
- 1405–1438 Giordano Colonna
- 1438–1459 Raimondo II del Balzo Orsini, also Prince of Salerno (died 1459)
- 1461–1493 Antonio Todeschini Piccolomini
- 1493–1498 Alfonso I Piccolomini, whose wife Giovanna is the title character in The Duchess of Malfi
- 1499–1559 Alfonso II Piccolomini
- 1559–1575 Cesare I Gonzaga
- 1584–1630 Ferrante II Gonzaga
- 1642–1656 Ottavio Piccolomini, created by Philip IV
- 1656–1673 Enea Silvio Piccolomini
Spanish dukedom (1902–present)Edit
The title was revived as Duque de Amalfi by Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1902.
- 1902–1912 Fulgencio Fuster y Fontes
- 1912–1945 Antonio de Zayas y Beaumont
- 1945–1959 Luis Moreno y Zayas
- 1959–1996 María del Carmen Cotoner y Cotoner
- 1996–2004 Íñigo Seoane y Cotoner
- 2004–present Íñigo Seoane García
As with other Spanish noble titles, the dukedom of Amalfi initially descended according to cognatic primogeniture, meaning that females could inherit the title if they had no brothers (or if their brothers had no issue). That changed in 2006, since when the eldest child (regardless of gender) can automatically succeed to noble family titles.
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