Guglielmo Gonzaga (born April 24, 1538 in Mantua , † August 14, 1587 in Goito ) was the second son of Duke Federico II Gonzaga . He followed his brother Francesco III, who died childless . Gonzaga in 1550 as Duke of Mantua and Margrave of Montferrat . In 1574 he was made Duke of Montferrat.
Marriage and offspring
Guglielmo married on April 26, 1561 Mantua Eleanor of Austria (* 2 November 1534; † August 5, 1594), a daughter of Emperor Ferdinand I . Although he suffered from a curvature of the spine, it is said to have been a relatively happy marriage.
The couple had three children:
- Vincenzo I. Gonzaga (1562–1612), Duke of Mantua and Montferrat from 1587, ⚭ 1) 1581, divorced 1582, Margherita Farnese (1567–1643), daughter of the Duke Alessandro Farnese (1545–1592) of Parma , ⚭ 2) 1584 Eleonora de 'Medici (1566–1611), daughter of the Grand Duke Francesco I of Tuscany ;
- Margherita (Eleonora) Gonzaga (born May 27, 1564; † January 6, 1618) ⚭ February 24, 1579 Alfonso II. D'Este (1533–1597), Duke of Ferrara ;
- Anna Caterina von Gonzaga (born January 17, 1566; † August 3, 1621 as a nun) ⚭ May 14, 1582 Ferdinand II. (1529–1595), Archduke of Austria-Tyrol.
- Constantine von Wurzbach : Eleonore von Oesterreich . No. 53. In: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich . 6th part. Imperial and Royal Court and State Printing Office, Vienna 1860, p. 161 ( digitized version ).
- Edith Schlocker: Ambras Castle: The Emperor's Unhappy Daughters. Die Presse, July 25, 2010, accessed on July 26, 2010 (The exhibition "Nozze italiane" illustrates the marriage policy of the Habsburgs. The focus is on three daughters of Ferdinand I who were married to Italy).
- Wurzbach: Anna Katherina von Mantua . No. 31. In: Biographical Lexicon. 6th part. Vienna 1860, p. 154 ( digitized version ).
Duke of Mantua
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Duke of Mantua and Montferrat|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 24, 1538|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mantua|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 14, 1587|
|Place of death||Goito|