Medici, Caterina de (1593–1629)

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Medici, Caterina de (1593–1629)

Duchess of Mantua . Name variations: Catherine de Medici; Caterina Gonzaga. Born in 1593; died in Siena of smallpox in 1629; daughter of Christine of Lorraine (c. 1571–1637) and Ferdinand I (1549–1609), grand duke of Tuscany (r. 1587–1609); sister of Claudia de Medici (1604–1648); married Ferdinando also known as Ferdinand Gonzaga (1587–1626), 6th duke of Mantua, in 1617.

Caterina de Medici, known for her piety, married Ferdinand Gonzaga, duke of Mantua, in 1617. When he died in 1626, the 33-year-old widow returned to Tuscany, where she was made governor of Siena. She died there of smallpox in 1629, at age 36.

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