Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

Alfonso II D'Este, Duke Of Ferrara

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Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

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Alfonso II d'Este (November 22, 1533 – October 27, 1597) was duke of Ferrara from 1559 to 1597. He was a member of the house of Este.

Biography

He was the elder son of Ercole II d'Este and Renée de France, the daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany.

As a young man, he fought in the service of Henry II of France, fighting against the Habsburgs. Soon after his accession to the throne, he was forced by Pope Pius IV to send back his mother to France, due to her Calvinist creed. He commanded Ferrara at the time of the 1570 Ferrara earthquake.

In 1583 he allied with Emperor Rudolf II in the war against the Turks in Hungary.

Marriages

He married three times:

He had no known children, legitimate or otherwise.

Succession

The legitimate line ended in 1597 with him. Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor recognized...
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