Ercole, Lord of Monaco

Lord of Monaco
Lord of Monaco
Reign 17 May 1589 – 29 November 1604
Predecessor Charles II
Successor Honoré II
Born (1562-09-24)24 September 1562
Died 29 November 1604(1604-11-29) (aged 42)
Burial Saint Nicholas Cathedral
Spouse Maria Landi
Issue Honoré II
Giovanna Grimaldi
Full name
Ercole Grimaldi
House Grimaldi
Father Honoré I, Lord of Monaco
Mother Isabella Grimaldi
Religion Roman Catholicism

Ercole (24 September 1562 – 29 November 1604) was Lord of Monaco from 17 May 1589 until his death.

Ercole was the youngest of four sons of Honoré I (1522–1581) and Isabella Grimaldi. His eldest brother Charles II became Lord of Monaco on the death of their father in 1581. Ercole's two elder brothers Francois (1557–1586) and Horace (1558–1559) died in childhood, thus leaving Ercole as heir to his brother Charles II, who died without issue in 1589 at the age of 34. Ercole was 27 years old.

He married Maria Landi on 15 September 1595;[1]:54 the marriage produced three children;

Ercole was murdered in 1604 and his six-year-old son Honoré became Lord of Monaco under the regency of Ercole's brother-in-law, Frederico Landi, 4th Prince of Val di Taro. Honoré was the first Lord of Monaco to be called Prince of Monaco.


  1. Mauro Lucco (2000). A New Portrait by Raphael and Its Historical Context. Artibus et Historiae 21 (41): 49–73. (subscription required)
Preceded by
Charles II
Lord of Monaco
Succeeded by
Honoré II
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