Laura Martinozzi (27 May 1639 – 19 July 1687) was a Duchess consort of Modena by marriage to Alfonso IV d'Este, Duke of Modena. She served as regent of Modena during the minority of her son Francesco from 1662 until 1674.
|Duchess of Modena|
|Tenure||14 October 1658 – 16 July 1662|
|Born||27 May 1639|
Fano, Papal State
|Died||19 July 1687 (aged 48)|
Rome, Papal State
|Spouse||Alfonso IV d'Este, Duke of Modena|
|Issue||Maria, Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland|
Francesco II, Duke of Modena
She was one of the Mazarinettes: the seven nieces of the Cardinal, that he brought to France in order to arrange for them rich and politically advantageous marriages, including Hortense and Olympia Mancini. For two years Laura lived in France under the guardianship of her uncle and "quasi stepmother", Anne of Austria.
Duchess of ModenaEdit
On her sixteenth birthday, 27 May 1655, she was married to the Duke of Modena, Alfonso IV d'Este. The wedding by proxy occurred at the Palace of Compiègne with the Count of Soissons acting as the Duke of Modena. They had three children, two of which survived infancy.
Regent of ModenaEdit
Upon the death of her spouse in 1662, she became regent of Modena during the minority of her son, Francesco d'Este, Duke of Modena. She discontinued her regency in 1674.
Laura was abandoned by her son The mentally and physically weak Francesco II came under the influence of his half-brother Cesare, and thus Laura moved to Rome with her mother.
|8. Giovanni Battista Martinozzi|
|4. Vincenzo Martinozzi|
|9. Bianca Lanci|
|2. Hieronymus Martinozzi|
|10. Matteo Marcolini|
|5. Margherita Marcolini|
|11. Tommosa Bertozzi|
|1. Laura Martinozzi|
|12. Girolamo Mazarini|
|6. Peter Mazarini|
|13. Margherita de Franchis Passavera|
|3. Laura Mazarini|
|14. Giulio Buffalini|
|7. Hortense Buffalini|
|15. Francesca Bellone|
- Alessandro Cont, "Sono nato principe libero, tale voglio conservarmi”: Francesco II d’Este (1660-1694), “Memorie Scientifiche, Giuridiche, Letterarie”, Accademia Nazionale di Scienze Lettere e Arti di Modena, ser. 8, 12 (2009), 2, pp. 407–459, https://www.academia.edu/6412388/_Sono_nato_principe_libero_tale_voglio_conservarmi_Francesco_II_dEste_1660-1694_
- The Peerage