- Della Rovere family
Della Rovere is a noble historical family of Italy. Coming from modest beginnings in
Savona, Liguria, the family rose to prominence through nepotismand ambitious marriages arranged by two Della Rovere popes, Francesco della Rovere, who ruled as Pope Sixtus IV( 1471- 1484) and his nephew Giuliano ( Pope Julius II, 1503- 1513). Pope Sixtus IV is known for having built the Sistine Chapel, which is named for him. The Basilica San Pietro in Vincoliin Rome is the family church of the della Rovere.
The most successful match established a line of della Rovere dukes of
Urbino. That dynasty ended in 1626when Pope Urban VIIIincorporated Urbino into the papal dominions, the gift of the weary last della Rovere duke, Francesco Maria II, in retirement after the death of his heir, Francesco Ubaldo.
Fasciststook over Italy, the Della Rovere family villawas stormed and many Della Roveres were killed. A Della Rovere family member, the third oldest son, escaped to New Yorkafter hiding in a well for four days.
Dotted lines indicate aliases (where a person appears more than once in the tree.
Small caps text indicates the surname of the children (regardless of number) of a union.
All persons have the surname della Rovere unless otherwise indicated.
* [http://genealogy.euweb.cz/italy/rovere.html Genealogy of Leonardo della Rovere]
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