- Margherita Maria Farnese
Margherita Maria Duchess of Modena Spouse Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena Full name Margherita Maria Farnese Father Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma Mother Isabella d'Este Born 24 November 1664
Died 17 June 1718(aged 53)
Ducal Palace of Colorno, Modena
Burial Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma
Margherita Maria Farnese (24 November 1664 – 17 June 1718) was an Italian noblewoman born into the House of Farnese. She was the Duchess of Modena and Reggio by marriage to her first cousin Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena. Her niece was Elisabeth Farnese, wife of Philip V of Spain.
Margherita Maria was the eldest child of Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma and his second wife Isabella d'Este. Her mother died in childbirth in 1666 after giving birth to Odoardo, Hereditary Prince of Parma (father of the famous Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain).
Her father Ranuccio had previously been married to Margaret Yolande of Savoy but the marriage produced no surviving issue; as such, Margherita Maria was the first of Ranuccio's children to survive infancy. Her younger half brothers Francesco Farnese and Antonio Farnese were successively the rulers of Parma. When the latter died, the House of Farnese became extinct.
Her father married her aunt Maria d'Este with whom he had nine further children. She was married to her cousin Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena who had previously been part of a Franco-Modenese alliance was proposed with Francesco and a princess of Lorraine named Béatrice Hiéronyme de Lorraine but the marriage never materialised.
She married Francesco 14 July 1692 in Parma. The couple had no children, Francesco dying in 1694 after just two years of marriage of gout and polyarthritis. The widowed Duchess of Modena retired to ner native Parma where she died in the summer of 1718 at the Ducal Palace of Colorno, the summer residence of the Farnese. She was buried at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata in Parma.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 24 November 1664 – 14 July 1692 Her Highness Margherita Maria Farnese, Princess of Parma
- 14 July 1692 – 6 September 1694 Her Highness the Duchess of Modena
- 6 September 1694 – 17 June 1718 Her Highness the Dowager Duchess of Modena
5th GenerationMaria Maddalena · Catherina 6th GenerationMargherita Maria, Duchess of Modena · Teresa · Isabella · Vittoria · Vittoria · Caterina · Eleonora 7th GenerationElisabeth, Queen of Spain 8th Generationnone 9th GenerationIsabella, Archduchess of Austria · Maria Luisa, Queen of Spain 10th GenerationCarolina, Princess Maximilian of Saxony · Princess Maria Antonia · Princess Carlota · Princess Louise 11th Generation 12th GenerationPrincess Luisa 13th GenerationMargherita, Duchess of Madrid · Alice, Grand Duchess of Tuscany 14th GenerationMarie Louise, Princess of Bulgaria · Princess Luisa Maria · Princess Maria Inmacolata · Princess Maria Teresa · Princess Maria Pia · Beatrice, Countess Pietro Luchesi Palli · Princess Maria delle Neve · Princess Francesca · Zita, Empress of Austria · Princess Maria Antonia · Princess Isabella · Princess Henrietta 15th GenerationPrincess Elisabetta · Princess Maria Francesca · Princess Giovanna · Alicia, Duchess of Calabria · Princess Maria Cristina · Isabelle, Countess Roger of la Rochefocauld · Maria Francisca, Princess Edwuard of Lobkowicz · Princess Maria Teresa · Princess Cecilia · Princess Maria de las Nieves · Anne, Queen of Romania · Princess Chantal, Mrs. François de Georges · Diane, Princess Franz of Hohenzollern · Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Hohenberg*^ · Marie-Adélaïde, Countess of Donnersmarck*^ · Marie Gabriele, Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg*^ · Alix, Princess of Ligne*^ 16th Generation 17th GenerationPrincess Antoinette · Princess Marie Gabrielle · Princess Alexia · Pricess Charlotte · Princess Elisabeth · Princess Zita*also princess of Luxembourg by marriage
^also princess of Nassau by marriage
1st GenerationPrincess Eleanor of Naples · 2nd Generation 3rd GenerationPrincess Renée of France · Maria de Cardona · Giulia della Rovere 4th Generation 5th GenerationPrincess Isabella of Savoy · Ippolita d'Este^ · Françoise d'Hôtel 6th GenerationMaria Caterina Farnese · Vittoria Farnese · Lucrezia Barberini* · Princess Margherita of Savoy · Teresa Maria Grimaldi 7th Generation 8th GenerationMargherita Maria Farnese · Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans · Maria Teresa Sfondrati 9th Generation 10th Generationnone 11th Generation 12th Generation*did not have a royal or noble title by birth
^also a princess of Modena in her own rightEleanor of Naples (1473-1493) · Lucrezia Borgia (1505-1519) · Renée of France (1534-1559) · Lucrezia de' Medici (1559-1562) · Archduchess Barbara of Austria (1565-1572) · Margherita Gonzaga (1579-1597) · Virginia de' Medici (1597-1615) · Maria Caterina Farnese (1631-1646) · Vittoria Farnese (1648-1649) · Lucrezia Barberini (1654-1658) · Laura Martinozzi (1658-1662) · Margherita Maria Farnese (1692-1694) · Duchess Charlotte of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1696-1710) · Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans (1737-1761) · Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa (1780-1790) · Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy (1814-1840) · Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria* (1842-1875) · Princess Zita of Parma* 1916-1917) · Princess Margherita of Savoy* (1953-1996) · Princess Astrid of Belgium* (1996-present)
- denotes titular Duchess
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