Claudia de' Medici

Claudia de' Medici
Claudia de' Medici
Archduchess of Austria & Countess of Tyrol
Duchess of Urbino
Spouse Federico della Rovere, Duke of Urbino
Leopold V, Archduke of Austria
Vittoria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Archduke Ferdinand Charles
Isabella Clara, Duchess of Mantua
Archduke Sigismund Francis
Maria Leopoldine, Holy Roman Empress
Full name
Claudia de' Medici
House House of Medici
Father Ferdinando I de' Medici
Mother Christina of Lorraine

Claudia de' Medici (June 4, 1604 – December 25, 1648) was a daughter of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Christina of Lorraine. She was born in Florence, and was named after her grandmother Claude of Valois, herself granddaughter of Claude, Duchess of Brittany, consort to King Francis I of France.



First marriage

In 1620, she married Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, the only son of Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. Their only child went on to marry the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He died suddenly on 29 June 1623.

Second marriage

After her husband's premature death, she was married, on 19 April 1626, to Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, and thus became Archduchess consort of Austria. She died at Innsbruck in 1648.

On the death of her husband, she assumed a regency in the name of her son who was the ruler of Tyrol. Claudia, along with five directors, held the post until until 1646 .


She had one child by Federico Ubaldo della Rovere:

  1. Vittoria della Rovere (1622-1694) married Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and had issue.

She had five children by Leopold V:

  1. Maria Eleonora of Austria (1627–1629) died in infancy.
  2. Ferdinand Charles of Austria (1628–1662) married Anna de' Medici and had issue.
  3. Isabella Clara of Austria (1629–1685), who married Charles III, Duke of Mantua and had issue.
  4. Sigismund Francis of Austria (1630–1665), Count of Tyrol and Regent of Further Austria, who married Countess Palatine Maria Hedwig Auguste of Sulzbach (1650–1681) and had no issue.
  5. Maria Leopoldine of Austria (1632–1649), who married Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III (1608–1657) and had issue.


External links

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