Duchy of Modena (d'Este)

Lords of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
1264-1450

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Marquis of Ferrara

In 1264 he was proclaimed life-long ruler of Ferrara, Lord of Modena in 1288 and of Reggio in 1289.

  • Obizzo II d'Este (1247-1293) Marquis of Ferrara and the March of Ancona.
  • Azzo VIII d'Este (died 1308) Lord of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
  • Aldobrandino II d'Este (died 1326) Marquis of Ferrara
  • Obizzo III d'Este (1294-1352) Marquis of Ferrara
  • Aldobrandino III d'Este (1335-1361) Lord of Ferrara and Modena
  • Niccolò II d'Este (1338-1388) Lord of Ferrara, Modena and Parma
  • Alberto (V) d'Este (1347-1393) Lord of Ferrara and Modena

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Marquis of Ferrara from 1393

Augmentation granted in 1431 by Charles VII, King of France

  • Niccolò III d'Este (1383-1441) Marquis of Ferrara
  • Leonello d'Este (1407-1450) Marquis of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio Emilia


Dukes of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
1450-1597

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Borso d'Este (1413-1471) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio.

Augmentation granted in 1452 by the Emperor Frederick III.

  • Borso d'Este (1413-1471) Duke of Ferrara from 1471 and Duke of Modena and Reggio from 1452.

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Ercole I d'Este (1431-1505) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio.

  • Ercole I d'Este (1431-1505) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Knight of the Garter. Knight of the Order of the Ermine. Legitimate son of Niccolò III d'Este, Marquess of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio. Married Eleanor of Naples (1450 – 1493) daughter of Ferdinand I, King of Naples.
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Alfonso d'Este (1476-1534) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio.

  • Alfonso I d'Este (1476-1534) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio. Papal Gonfalonier. Knight of the Order of Saint Michael. Married firstly Anna Maria Sforza (1476 – 1497) daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan and secondly Lucrezia Borgia (1480 – 1519) illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI.
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Ercole II d'Este (1508-1559) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Ercole II d'Este (1508-1559) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of Saint Michael. Married Renée of France (1510 – 1574) daughter of Louis XII, KIng of France.
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Alfonso II d'Este (1533-1597) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Alfonso II d'Este (1533-1597) Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of Saint Michael. Married firstly Lucrezia di Cosimo de' Medici (1545 –1561) daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, secondly Barbara of Austria (1539 –1572) daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and thirdly Margherita Gonzaga (1564 – 1618) daughter of William I, Duke of Mantua. Last of the legitimate line.

Dukes of Modena and Reggio
1597- 1796

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Cesare d'Este (1561-1628) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Cesare d'Este (1561-1628) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Illegitimate grandson of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Married Virginia de' Medici (1568 – 1615) illegitimate daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The legitimacy of the succession was recognised by the Emperor Rudolph II but not by Pope Clement VIII. Lost Ferrara in 1598 and moved the capital to Modena.
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Alfonso III d'Este (1591-1644) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Alfonso III d'Este (1591-1644) Duke of Modena and Reggio from 1628 to 1629. Abdicated and became a Capuchin friar. Married Isabella of Savoy (1591 – 1626) daughter of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy.
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Francesco I d'Este (1610-1658) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Francesco I d'Este (1610-1658) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Married firstly Maria Caterina Farnese (1615 – 1646) daughter of Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma, secondly Vittoria Farnese (1618 – 1649) sister of his first wife and thirdly Lucrezia Barberini (1628 – 1699) daughter of Taddeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina.
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Alfonso IV d'Este (1634-1662) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Alfonso IV d'Este (1634-1662) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Married Laura Martinozzi (1639 – 1687) daughter of Count Girolamo Martinozzi da Fano.
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Francesco II d'Este (1660-1694) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Francesco II d'Este (1660-1694) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Married Margherita Maria Farnese (1664 – 1718) daughter of Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma.
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Rinaldo d'Este (1655-1737) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Rinaldo d'Este (1655-1737) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Cardinal from 1686 to 1694. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Married Charlotte Felicitas of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1671–1710) daughter of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Prince of Calenberg. 
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Francesco III d'Este (1698-1780) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Francesco III d'Este (1698-1780) Duke of Modena and Reggio. Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Chevalier du Saint-Esprit. Married Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans (1700–1761) daughter of Philippe d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans.
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Ercole III d'Este (1727-1803) Duke of Modena and Reggio

  • Ercole III d'Este (1727-1803) Duke of Modena and Reggio from 1780 to 1796. Duke of Breisgau from 1797 (never assumed). Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Chevalier du Saint-Esprit. Knight of the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary. Married firstly Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa and Carrara (1725 – 1790) daughter of Alderano I, Duke of Massa and Carrara, by which he annexed the Duchy of Massa and Carrara and secondly morganatically Chiara Marini (d. 1800) created Marchioness of Scandiano. See Modena (Habsburg-Este)

Clerics:

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Cardinal Ippolito I d'Este “Cardinal of Ferrara” (1479 – 1520)

  • Cardinal Ippolito I d'Este “Cardinal of Ferrara” (1479 – 1520) Archbishop of Esztergom, Bishop of Ferrara, son of Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara.
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Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509 - 1572)

  • Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (1509 - 1572) Archbishopric of Milan, Cardinal protector of France 1549–1572, second son of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara and Duke of Modena and Reggio.
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Cardinal Luigi d'Este (1538 – 1586)

  • Cardinal Luigi d'Este (1538 – 1586) Bishop of Ferrara, Cardinal protector of France 1573–1586, second son of Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Modena and Ferrara.
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Cardinal Obizzo d'Este (1611–1644)

  • Cardinal Obizzo d'Este (1611–1644) Bishop of Modena, second son of Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena.
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Cardinal Rinaldo d'Este (1618 - 1672)

  • Cardinal Rinaldo d'Este (1618 - 1672) Bishop of Reggio Emilia, Bishop of Palestrina, Cardinal protector of France 1645–1672, fifth son of Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena.