Ferrante Gonzaga

Italian Noble
Born Jan 28, 1507

Ferrante I Gonzaga was an Italian condottiero, a member of the House of Gonzaga and the founder of the branch of the Gonzaga of Guastalla.

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1507 Birth Born in 1507.


1527 20 Years Old In 1527 he took part in the Sack of Rome and attended Charles' triumphant coronation at Bologna in 1530: at the death of the conestable Charles of Bourbon (1527) he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Imperial army in Italy. … Read More
1535 28 Years Old Again for Charles V, he fought against the Turks at Tunis in 1535 and Algiers in 1543 with a contingent of 3,000 cavalry.


1539 32 Years Old In 1539 he bought the countship of Guastalla, on the left bank of the Po for 22,280 golden scudi from Countess Ludovica Torelli; it was in part a strategic purchase, for Guastalla lies near Ferrara, which Charles wished to take from the Este. … Read More
1543 36 Years Old He served Charles as Viceroy of Sicily (1535-1546), accompanying the Emperor to Germany in 1543 and fighting the resolute campaign that enforced the Treaty of Crépy. He then served as Governor of the Duchy of Milan (1546-1554). In 1534 Ferrante married Isabella di Capua, who brought him the fiefdoms of Molfetta and Giovinazzo.


1557 50 Years Old Died in 1557.
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