Francesco III Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Francesco III Gonzaga
Duke of Mantua
Duke of Mantua (as Francesco III)
Duke of Montferrat (as Francesco I)
Reign 1540 - 1550
Predecessor Federico II Gonzaga
Successor Guglielmo I Gonzaga
Born 10 March 1533
Died 22 February 1550(1550-02-22) (aged 16)
Spouse Catherine of Austria
(m. 1549–50; his death)
House House of Gonzaga
Father Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua
Mother Margaret Paleologina

Francesco III Gonzaga (10 March 1533 – 22 February 1550) was Duke of Mantua and Marquess of Montferrat from 1540 until his death. He was the eldest son of Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and his wife Margaret Paleologina.

Early life

On 22 October 1549, he married Catherine of Habsburg, a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I.



Preceded by
Federico II
Duke of Mantua
Succeeded by
Marquess of Montferrat
(as Francesco I)

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