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Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

Ercole II d'Este
Duke of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
Spouse(s) Renée of France
Issue
Noble family Este
Father Alfonso I d'Este
Mother Lucrezia Borgia
Born (1508-04-05)5 April 1508
Died 3 October 1559(1559-10-03) (aged 51)
Ferrara

Ercole II d'Este (5 April 1508 – 3 October 1559) was Lucrezia Borgia.

Through his mother, Ercole was a grandson of Giovanni Borgia, the “infans Romanus”.

In April 1528, he married Renée of France, the second daughter of Louis XII, King of France, and Anne of Brittany. Renée received from Francis I of France an ample dowry and annuity. Thus the court she assembled about her in Ferrara corresponded to the tradition which the cultivation of science and art implicitly required, including scholars like Bernardo Tasso and Fulvio Pellegrini Morato. Their first child, Anna, born in 1531, who was married to Francis, Duke of Guise, was followed by Alfonso in 1533; Lucrezia in 1535, who was married to the Duke of Urbino Francesco Maria II della Rovere; and later Eleonora and Luigi, whose education she carefully directed.

Once he became a Duke in October 1534, Ercole turned against the French at his court, finding them both too expensive and too influential, and by 1543 they had all been dismissed. He was also under pressure from the Curia to dismiss those suspected of heresy; [[John

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