Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Parma

Isabella d'Este
Duchess of Parma
Tenure 18 February 1664 – 17 August 1666
Spouse Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma
Margherita Maria, Duchess of Modena
Odoardo, Hereditary Prince of Parma
Full name
Isabella d'Este
House House of Farnese
House of Este
Father Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena
Mother Maria Caterina Farnese
Born (1634-10-03)3 October 1634
Ducal Palace of Modena, Modena
Died 21 August 1666(1666-08-21) (aged 30)
Ducal Palace of Colorno, Parma
Burial 23 August 1666
Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma
Religion Roman Catholicism

Isabella d'Este (3 October 1635 – 21 August 1666) was Duchess of Parma, and second wife of Duke Ranuccio II Farnese. She was the paternal grandmother of Elisabetta Farnese.

Princess of Modena

Isabella was a daughter of the Duke of Modena Francesco I d'Este and Maria Caterina Farnese, daughter of Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma. She was the sister of two Dukes of Modena, Alfonso IV d'Este (1634–1662) and Rinaldo (1655–1737). At the death of her mother, her father married again twice.

Duchess of Parma

After the death of his first wife Marguerite Yolande of Savoy, Ranuccio II married in 1663 his niece Isabella. But the couple only met on 18 February 1664, when Isabella arrived in Parma. For this occasion, a grandiose celebration and musical spectacles were organised. The couples had three children all of which would survive childhood. Only the latter Odoardo, would have issue; he was the father of Elisabeth Farnese, queen of Spain and ancestor of most modern royalty.

But the birth of her son proved fatal to Isabella, who died of complications nine days later on 21 August, at Colorno. She was the paternal grandmother of Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain. She was buried at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata in the city of Parma on the 23 August. Her husband remarried in October 1668 to her sister Maria d'Este. By her he had a further seven children as well as the last two Farnese Dukes of Parma.



Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 3 October 1635 – 18 February 1664 Her Highness Isabella d'Este, Princess of Modena
  • 18 February 1664 – 21 August 1666 Her Highness the Duchess of Parma

See also

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