Maria of Portugal (1538–1577)

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Maria of Portugal (1538–1577)

Duchess of Parma. Name variations: Maria Farnese. Born on December 8, 1538, in Lisbon; died on July 18, 1577, in Parma; daughter of Isabella of Braganza (c. 1512–1576) and Duarte (1515–1540), duke of Guimaraes; married Alexander also known as Allesandro Farnese, duke of Parma, in November 1565; children: Ranuccio I (1569–1622), duke of Parma (r. 1592–1622).