Ferrante II Gonzaga (1563 – 5 August 1630) was count and, from 1621, duke of Guastalla.

Ferrante II Gonzaga

He was the son of Cesare I Gonzaga, count of Guastalla and duke of Amalfi, and Donna Camilla Borromeo. He succeeded his father in 1575. On 2 July 1621, the County of Guastalla was elevated to a duchy and Ferrante was subsequently deemed a duke.

In 1624 Emperor Ferdinand II appointed Ferrante as general commissar in Italy to reinforce imperial authority.[1]

Ferrante played a part in the War of the Mantuan Succession when, as a distant Gonzaga cousin, he claimed the Duchy of Mantua after the extinction of the senior male branch of the House of Gonzaga in December 1627. He was nominally supported by Emperor Ferdinand II, who really sought to re-attach the Duchy of Mantua to the Holy Roman Empire. His attempt failed as the French candidate Charles of Nevers became the new duke.

Issue edit

Ferrante II married Vittoria Doria (1569–1618), daughter of Giovanni Andrea Doria, and had 4 children:

References edit

  1. ^ Runschke, Florian (2019), "Das Generalkommissariat in Italien von 1624-1632. Auftrag, Arbeit und Akzeptanz der ersten beiden Amtsinhaber". Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken (in German). 99: 214 (online).
  • Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy euweb". Genealogy.EU.[self-published source][better source needed]
Preceded by Count of Guastalla
Succeeded by