Lamberto, Lord of Monaco

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Lamberto Grimaldi (c. 1420 – March 1494) was Lord of Monaco from 16 March 1458. He was married to his cousin Claudine Grimaldi in 1465 to secure the Grimaldi inheritance of Monaco that by the small state's constitution could only pass to male heirs. Lamberto was of the branch of the Grimaldi family which had settled in Antibes while Claudine was of the more powerful Monaco branch.

Lamberto Grimaldi
Bornc.  1420
Died15 March 1494
Noble familyGrimaldi
Spouse(s)Claudine Grimaldi
FatherNIcolas Grimaldi di Antibes
MotherCesarina Doria d’Oneglia

Lamberto assumed the reins of power in Monaco at a difficult time in its often vulnerable history. Lamberto fought to preserve Monaco's independence, and is said to have "handled diplomacy and the sword with equal talent".[1] He also established the Grimaldi motto "With God's help." Lamberto was known to suffer from epilepsy as a young adult, but not later in life.

He and Claudine had at least six children;

  • Jean (1468 – 11 October 1505)
  • Louis ; deemed insane and barred from the inheritance
  • Bianca
  • Augustino, Bishop of Grasse (1482 – 14 April 1532)
  • Françoise (died before 1523); married Luc Doria, her son Bartholomew Doria murdered her brother Lucien
  • Lucien (1487 – 22 August 1523)


  1. ^ The House of Grimaldi


Lamberto, Lord of Monaco
Born: c. 1420 Died: 15 March 1494
Preceded by
Lord of Monaco
Succeeded by
Jean II