Duke of Ferrara and of Modena

Duke of Modena

Flag of the Duchy of Modena
Style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
First monarch Borso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
Last monarch Francis V, Duke of Modena
Formation 1452
Abolition 1859
Pretender(s) Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Emperor Frederick III elevated the Italian family of Este, Lords of Ferrara, to Dukes of Modena and Reggio in 1452, and Dukes of Ferrara in 1471. In 1597, they lost the succession of Ferrara itself to the Papal States. They continued to rule the Duchy of Modena and Reggio in the Emilia until 1796, when it became part of Napoleon Bonaparte's Cispadane Republic. In 1814 the duchy was restored under the Habsburg grandson of the last Este Duke, continuing until annexed by Piedmont-Sardinia in 1859.

Lords of Este and Margraves of Milan

The list of Margraves of Milan continues on Rulers of Milan

Lords of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio

Este Dukes of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio

The Duchy of Modena (in the dark purple) and of Ferrara (in the light purple) in the context of late 15th century Italy.

Este Dukes of Modena and Reggio

Habsburg – Este Dukes of Modena and Reggio, 1814–1859

(from 1815 also Duke of Mirandola and from 1829 Duke of Massa and Prince of Carrara)

Francesco IV
14 July 1814–
21 January 1846
6 October 1779
son of Ferdinand, Duke of Breisgau and Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa
Maria Beatrice of Savoy
20 June 1812
Cagliari Cathedral
four children
21 January 1846
aged 66
Francesco V
21 January 1846–
11 June 1859
1 June 1819
son of Francis IV and Maria Beatrice of Savoy
Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria
20 March 1842
Kreuzkirche (Munich)
one daughter
20 November 1875
aged 56

Habsburg – Este Dukes of Modena and Reggio, post monarchy

See also


  1. He succeeded his father in 1293 as Signore di Ferrara, Modena e Reggio (...) "Dominus Azo Estensis et Anchonitanus marchio et dominus Aldrevandinus et dominus Franciscus eius fratres, marchiones Estenses et Anchonitani, filii et heredes domini Obizoni Estensis et Anchonitani marchionis" reached agreement concerning their inheritance by charter dated 4 Apr 1293.
  2. (...) succeeded his father in 1308 as Signore di Ferrara, deposed in Oct 1308.
  3. He succeeded his father in 1293 as Signore di Modena, Lendinara, Rovigo e d'Este.
  4. Francesco d'Este (-killed in battle Ferrara 23 Aug 1312) (...) Signore di Reggio.
  5. Obizzo III d'Este (...) He and his brothers, together with their cousins, were restored as Signori di Ferrara in 1317 following a pro-Este revolt in their favour against the papal administration.
  6. He recovered the town of Modena in 1336, followed by Argenta and San Felice in 1346
  7. He captured Reggio from Feltrino Gonzaga in 1371 but immediately lost it to Bernabò Visconti
  8. NICCOLÒ [III] d'Este (...) Signore di Reggio e Parma 1409.
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