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The Sforza — Francesco II. Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan

Francesco II. Maria Sforza, Herzog von Mailand
Francesco II. Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan from 1521-1524, 1525, 1529-1535 and cousin of Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, with the symbol of the "Sforza-nose"
When Francesco II. Maria Sforza was 35 years old, he was already a seriously ill man, as the following report of the Venetian Marin Sanudo, written on 11 October 1530, shows: "... The duke [Francesco II Maria Sforza] had difficulty walking –, and his ambassador, who lives here [in Venice], went along with him, giving him a hand to help him. His Excellency was followed by his [half-]brother [Gian Paolo] ... The duke usually travels on a small mule ... [he is] very melancholic; he has difficulty using his hands and walks poorly." (in: Venice – Cítà Excelentissima – Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo. Edited by Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White. Translated by Linda L. Carroll. Baltimore 2008, pp. 78-79).

4. February 1495

31. October/1. November 1535


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Christina of Denmark (1521-1590), niece of Emperor Charles V. († 1558); marriage on 28. September 1533 (per procurationem)



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