Ercole I d'Este Historical Profile

SEE ALSO Alfonso I d'Este Historical Profile | House of Este


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Name: Ercole d'Este
Born: 26 October 1431
Home town: Ferrara, Romagna
Died: 15 June 1505
Position: Duke of Ferrara
House of: Este
Personality type: Pious, able statesman
Nickname: North Wind and the Diamond
Famous for: Separating Ferrara from the Holy See during the Wars of Ferrara (1480s)
Strength(s): Military mind, governed fairly and with stability
Weakness(es):
Quirks: Arranged for a famous miracle-working nun to be abducted and brought to Ferrara, where he built her a convent
Ercole d'Este (Dosso Dossi, c. 1500)


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  • His famous children are:
  • Alfonso (who would later marry the infamous Lucrezia Borgia)
  • Isabella born 1474 (who would later prove to be one of the most powerful women of the Renaissance)
  • Beatrice born 1475 (who would marry Ludovico Sforza, the future Duke of Milan)
  • Ferrante (who was thrown in prison by his brother Alfonso in 1506, where he died 34 years later)
  • Ippolito (cardinal, army commander and patron of the arts)
  • Sigismondo
  • Giulio (illegitimate, also imprisioned for plotting against Alfonso)





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