Regents of Mantua

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  1. Isabella d'Este

    Isabella d'Este


    Isabella d'Este (18 May 1474 – 13 February 1539) was Marchesa of Mantua and one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance as a major cultural and political figure. She was a patron of the arts as well as a leader of fashion, whose innovative style of dressing was copied by women throughout Italy and at the French court. The poet Ariosto lauded her as the "liberal and magnanimous Isabella", while author Matteo Bandello described her as having been "supreme among women". Diplomat Niccolò da Correggio went even further by hailing her as "The First Lady of the world".

  2. Maria Gonzaga, Duchess of Montferrat

    Maria Gonzaga, Duchess of Montferrat


    Maria Gonzaga or Maria of Mantua (29 July 1609 – 14 August 1660) was an Italian princess of the House of Gonzaga: she was Regent in Mantua during the minority of her son from 1637 until 1647, and reigning sovereign duchess of Montferrat from 1612 until 1660.

  3. Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria

    Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria


    Not to be confused with Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Netherlands.

  4. Margaret Palaeologina

    Margaret Palaeologina


    Margaret Palaeologa (Casale Monferrato, 11 August 1510 - Mantua, 28 December 1566) was an Italian ruler; Marchioness of Montferrat in her own right. She also married into the Gonzaga family, rulers of Mantua, making her Duchess of Mantua by her marriage to Federico II, Duke of Mantua. Margaret was the regent of Mantua as the guardian of her two sons from 1540 until 1556 in companionship with her brother-in-law.

  5. Anna Isabella Gonzaga

    Anna Isabella Gonzaga

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    Anna Isabella Gonzaga (1655 - 11 August 1703), was a Duchess consort of Mantua and Montferrat and heir of the Duchy of Guastalla and Luzzara Reggiolo; married in 1671 to Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat. She was the regent of Mantua during the War of the Spanish Succession.

  6. Ercole Gonzaga

    Ercole Gonzaga


    Ercole Gonzaga (23 November 1505 – 2 March 1563) was an Italian Cardinal.

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