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Isabella of Savoy

Isabella of Savoy
Hereditary Princess of Modena

Spouse Alfonso d'Este, Hereditary Prince of Modena
Margherita, Duchess of Guastalla
Anna Beatrice, Duchess of Mirandola
Francesco, Duke of Modena
Obizzo, Cardinal d'Este
Rinaldo, Cardinal d'Este
Full name
Isabella di Savoia
House House of Savoy
Father Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy
Mother Catherine Michelle of Spain
Born 11 March 1591
Died 28 August 1626
Religion Roman Catholicism

Isabella of Savoy (11 March 1591 – 28 August 1626) was a daughter of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and Catherine Michelle of Spain. Her maternal grandparents where Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of Valois, her paternal grandparents were Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy and Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry. She was the Hereditary Princess of Modena, dying before her husband succeeded to the Duchy of Modena in 1628.


Isabella was born in Turin to Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and his wife Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, a daughter of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of France.


In Turin on 22 February 1608 she married Alfonso, Hereditary Prince of Modena (son of Cesare d'Este and Virginia de' Medici), this was a happy marriage, Alfonso was loving and loyal towards his wife. Within two years Isabella bore Alfonso a son, Francesco who would one day succeed his father as Duke of Modena and Reggio. When Isabella died on 28 August 1626 Alfonso was heartbroken, he never remarried and died in 1644. She died as a result of childbirth and before her husband became duke so she was never Duchess of Modena.


Isabella and Alfonso had fourteen children in all:

  • Cesare d'Este (1609–1613), died in infancy;
  • Francesco d'Este (1610–1658), future Duke of Modena; married Maria Farnese, Vittoria Farnese d'Este and Lucrezia Barberini, all had issue;
  • Obizzo d'Este (1611–1644), Bishop of Modena;
  • Caterina d'Este (1613–1628), nun;
  • Cesare d'Este (1614–1677), died unmarried;;
  • Alessandro d'Este (1615), died in infancy;;
  • Carlo Alessandro d'Este (1616–1679), died unmarried;;
  • Rinaldo d'Este (1618–1672) Cardinal;
  • Margherita d'Este (1619–1692), married Ferrante III Gonzaga, duca di Guastalla;
  • Beatrice d'Este (1620), died in infancy;
  • Beatrice d'Este (1622–1623), died in infancy;
  • Filiberto d'Este (1623–1645);
  • Bonifazio d'Este (1624), died in infancy;
  • Anna Beatrice d'Este (1626–1690), married Alessandro II Pico della Mirandola and had issue; Isabella died giving birth to her.


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