Isabella of Savoy

Isabella of Savoy (11 March 1591 – 28 August 1626) was a daughter of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and Catherine Michelle of Spain. Her maternal grandparents were Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of Valois, her paternal grandparents were Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy and Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry. She was the Hereditary Princess of Modena, dying before her husband succeeded to the Duchy of Modena in 1628.

Isabella of Savoy
Hereditary Princess of Modena
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Born(1591-03-11)11 March 1591
Turin, Italy
Died28 August 1626(1626-08-28) (aged 35)
(m. 1608)
FatherCharles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy
MotherCatherine Michelle of Spain


Isabella was born in Turin to Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy[1] and his wife Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, a daughter of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of France.


In Turin on 22 February 1608 she married Alfonso, Hereditary Prince of Modena[2] (son of Cesare d'Este and Virginia de' Medici), this was a happy marriage, Alfonso was loving and loyal towards his wife. Within two years Isabella bore Alfonso a son, Francesco who would one day succeed his father as Duke of Modena and Reggio. When Isabella died on 28 August 1626 Alfonso was heartbroken, he never remarried and died in 1644. She died as a result of childbirth and before her husband became duke so she was never Duchess of Modena.


Isabella and Alfonso had fourteen children in all:



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  2. ^ The New World in early modern Italy, 1492-1750. Elizabeth Horodowich, Lia Markey. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. 2017. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-107-12287-1. OCLC 987794999.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)