John George, Marquis of Montferrat

John George of Monferrat (20 January 1488 – 30 April 1533) was the last Marquis of Montferrat of the Palaeologus-Montferrat family.[1]

John George, Marquis of Montferrat
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Marquis of Montferrat
Reign1530–1533
PredecessorBoniface IV of Montferrat
SuccessorMargaret Palaiologina
Born20 January 1488
Casale Monferrato
DiedApril 30, 1533(1533-04-30) (aged 45)
Casale Monferrato
Noble familyPalaeologus-Montferrat
Spouse(s)Julia Trastamara of Naples
FatherBoniface III, Marquis of Montferrat
MotherMaria of Serbia
Gold coin of Gian Giorgio Paleologo, 1530–33.

He was son of Boniface III, Marquis of Montferrat and his third wife Maria of Serbia, daughter of prince Stefan Branković of Serbia.

ReignEdit

John George was Bishop of Casale, when his nephew Boniface IV, Marquis of Montferrat unexpectedly died in 1530 without an heir.

As the last of his family and despite his poor health, John George had no option than to become the new Marquis. In a desperate attempt to produce an heir, he married the 41-year-old Julia, daughter of Frederick IV of Naples, on 21 April 1533. He died 9 days later.

After a Spanish occupation of 3 years, Montferrat came under Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, who had married his niece Margaret Paleologa in 1531.

DescendantsEdit

John George had an illegitimate son, Flaminio, from the Paleologo-Oriundi line descends and is extant today.[2]

SourcesEdit

  • Haberstumpf, Walter (2009). Regesti dei Marchesi di Monferrato (secoli IX-XVI). Alessandria: San Giorgio Editrice.

AncestryEdit

Preceded by Marquis of Montferrat
1530–1533
Vacant
Spanish occupation
Title next held by
Frederick Gonzaga

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Haberstumpf 2009, p. 201.
  2. ^ "I Paleologi di Monferrato dopo il 1533" (PDF). www.marchesimonferrato.com.