Duchy of Lucca
The Duchy of Lucca was a small Italian state existing from 1815 to 1847. It was centered on the city of Lucca. By the Congress of Vienna of 1815 the Duchy was to revert to Tuscany on the end of its Bourbon line of rulers, which happened in 1847. Tuscany was annexed by the Kingdom of Sardinia (Piedmont) in 1860.
Duchy of Lucca
Ducato di Lucca
Coat of arms
The Duchy of Lucca (green).
Northern Italy in 1815.
|9 June 1815|
|17 December 1847|
The Duchy was formed in 1815 by the Congress of Vienna, out of the former Republic of Lucca and the Principality of Lucca and Piombino, which had been ruled by Elisa Bonaparte. It was created to compensate the House of Bourbon-Parma for the loss of the Duchy of Parma, which had been given to Marie Louise of Austria.
In 1817, Maria Luisa of Spain, the former Infanta of Spain and Queen of Etruria, assumed the government of Lucca. She was also the mother of Charles Louis of Parma, the Bourbon heir to Parma. This followed the Treaty of Paris (1815), which confirmed both her sovereign status in Lucca, and her son's status as heir to Parma in succession to Marie Louise.
After Maria Luisa's death in 1824, Charles Louis assumed the government of the Duchy. In 1847 Charles succeeded to the Duchy of Parma, and left Lucca, which was annexed by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Dukes of Lucca (1815–1847)
|Name||Lifespan||Reign start||Reign end||Notes||Family||Image|
|Maria Luisa||41)6 July 1782 – 13 March 1824 (aged||9 June 1815||13 March 1824||Only accepted the investiture in 1817; granted the rank and privileges of a queen||Bourbon-Parma|
|Charles Louis||83)22 December 1799 – 16 April 1883 (aged||13 March 1824||17 December 1847|
|Son of Maria Luisa||Bourbon-Parma|
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