Francesco Sforza (il Duchetto)

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Francesco Maria Sforza (30 January 1491 – 1512), nicknamed il Duchetto ("The Little Duke"), was the only son of Gian Galeazzo Sforza, the sixth Duke of Milan, and his wife, Isabella of Naples. After the untimely death in 1494 of Francesco's father at the age of 25, his father's uncle, Ludovico Sforza, took over as Duke of Milan.

Francesco Sforza
"il Duchetto"
Count of Pavia
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Francesco Sforza, c. 1495
Born30 January 1491
Pavia
Died1512 (aged 20–21)
Angoulême
Noble familySforza
FatherGian Galeazzo Sforza
MotherIsabella of Naples

Francesco was Count of Pavia from 1491 to 1499. In the latter year, as French troops conquered Milan during the Italian War of 1499–1504, he was carried to France by King Louis XII.

Francesco died falling from a horse at Angoulême in 1512.

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