Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Ferdinand I Gonzaga (26 April 1587 – 29 October 1626) was Duke of Mantua and Duke of Montferrat from 1612 until his death.

Ferdinando Gonzaga
Ferdinando Gonzaga
Duke of Mantua and Montferrat
PredecessorFrancesco IV Gonzaga
SuccessorVincenzo II Gonzaga
Born(1587-04-26)26 April 1587
Died29 October 1626(1626-10-29) (aged 39)
SpouseCatherine de' Medici
FatherVincenzo I Gonzaga
MotherEleonora de' Medici


Born in Mantua, he was the son of Vincenzo I and Eleonora de' Medici.

He was appointed a cardinal at the age of 20. A few years after his elder brother, Duke Francesco IV, died in 1612 without heirs, he renounced the ecclesiastical career and succeeded his brother in both the Duchy of Mantua and the Duchy of Montferrat.

In 1616 he secretly married Camilla Faà di Bruno, whom he divorced in the same year. Their son Francesco Giacinto Teodoro Giovanni Gonzaga, although accepted at court, was not made Ferdinando's heir. He died of the plague—or was murdered—during the 1630 siege of Mantua. On 16 February 1617 he married Catherine de' Medici (1593–1629), the daughter of Ferdinand I, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Ferdinand Gonzaga died in 1626. His younger brother Vincenzo II inherited the duchy.[1]


In 1616 he married Camilla Faà di Bruno,
had a son :




Royal titles
Preceded by
Francis IV
Duke of Mantua
Succeeded by
Vincent II
Duke of Montferrat
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