Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain

Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain

Infobox Spanish Royalty|infanta
name = Catherine Michelle of Spain
title =Duchess consort of Savoy

spouse =Charles Emmanuel I
spouse-type =Consort to
issue =Isabella, Duchess of Modena
Victor Amadeus I
Margaret, Vicereine of Portugal
Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano
issue-link =#Marriage
issue-pipe =among others...
royal house =House of Savoy
House of Habsburg
royal anthem =
father =Philip II of Spain
mother =Elisabeth of Valois
date of birth =October 10, 1567
place of birth =
date of death =6 November, 1597,
place of death =
buried =

Catherine Michelle of Spain (10 October 1567-6 November 1597) was the youngest surviving daughter of Philip II of Spain and Elisabeth of Valois; she was also the sister of Isabella Clara Eugenia.


Her paternal grandparents were Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal, her maternal grandparents were Henri II of France and Catherine de' Medici. Catherine Michelle never really knew her mother because Elisabeth died in 1568 when Catherine Michelle was only one year old. Her father went onto marry Catherine Michelle's cousin Anna of Austria. This marriage produced five children; among them were Philip III of Spain and Marie of Spain. Through her father she is a descendent of Isabella of Castile, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Mary of Burgundy and Joanna of Castile.


She married Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy son of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy and Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, this marriage produced ten children, which included a son and heir for Charles Emmanuel, their children were:

* Filippo Emanuele (1586-1605)
* Victor Amadeus (1587-1637)
* Emanuele Filiberto (1588-1624), Spanish Viceroy of Sicily (1622-24)
* Margaret (1589-1655), married Francesco IV Gonzaga of Mantua
* Isabella of Savoy (1591-1626), married Alfonso III d'Este, duke of Modena
* Maurizio, a cardinal (1593-1657)
*Maria Apollonia, a nun in Rome (1594-1656)
*Francesca Catherina, a nun in Biella (1595-1640)
*Tommaso Francesco (1596-1656)
*Giovanna (born 1597)

Catherine Michelle died near the end of 1597 while she was in Italy; she had miscarried earlier on in that year. Her father died the following year. Her sister Isabella married Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and later became Governess of the Netherlands.


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