Lucrezia Barberini

Lucrezia Barberini (24 October 1628 24 August 1699) was an Italian noblewoman and, by marriage, Duchess of Modena. Born into the Barberini family, she was the last wife of Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena.

Lucrezia Barberini
Duchess of Modena
Born(1628-10-24)24 October 1628
Died24 August 1699(1699-08-24) (aged 70)
SpouseFrancesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena
IssueRinaldo, Duke of Modena
FatherTaddeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina
MotherAnna Colonna


Barberini was born 24 October 1628; the eldest of five children to Taddeo Barberini, Prince of Palestrina and his wife Anna Colonna, a daughter of Filippo Colonna, Prince of Paliano.[1] She was the sister of Maffeo Barberini and Cardinal Carlo Barberini and the Grand-Niece of Pope Urban VIII. Her uncles included three Cardinals; Francesco Barberini, Antonio Barberini and Girolamo Colonna.

Her cousin Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, Prince of Paliano, was the husband of Marie Mancini; niece of French First Minister Cardinal Jules Mazarin.

On 14 October 1654 she married Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena[2] and was the mother of Rinaldo d'Este who succeeded his father as Duke of Modena. The couple married in Loreto, Marche at the Basilica della Santa Casa. In many ways the marriage represented a long-overdue truce between the House of Este and the Barberini who had taken sides against each other during the First War of Castro.[3] Francesco had, in fact, fought alongside his father against Taddeo Barberini's troops.

They had one son, Rinaldo d'Este, Duke of Modena, who married Charlotte of Brunswick-Lüneburg.


  1. Worldroots: Archived 15 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine Barberini
  2. Papal Genealogy: The Families And Descendants Of The Popes by George L. Williams (McFarland, 2004)
  3. Penny cyclopaedia of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge, Volume 3 (C. Knight, 1835)

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