Duchy of Ferrara

Duchy of Ferrara
Duchy of Ferrara
Fief of the Papacy

Coat of arms

Territories of the House of Este in 1494 (shown in canary yellow)
Capital Ferrara
Government Monarchy
 - Obizzo II d'Este becomes ruler 1264
 - Modena and Reggio become Duchies 1452
 - Ferrara made into Duchy 1471
 - House of Este lose Ferrara to Papacy 1597

The Duchy of Ferrara is a former sovereign state of northern Italy.

Obizzo II d'Este was proclaimed lifelong ruler of Ferrara in 1264. He also became seignior of nearby Modena in 1288 and of Reggio in 1289. In 1452 the Este rulers were created Dukes of Modena and Reggio, and in 1471 Ferrara also became a duchy.

In 1597, when Alfonso II died without heirs, the House of Este lost Ferrara to the Papal States, but they retained Modena and Reggio until 1796, apart from short interludes.


Este Lords of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio

Este Dukes of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio

  • Borso 1450-1471 (Duke of Modena and Reggio from 1452, Duke of Ferrara from 1471)
  • Ercole I 1471-1505
  • Alfonso I 1505-1534
  • Ercole II 1534-1559
  • Alfonso II 1559-1597

See also


  • Trevor Dean, Land and Power in Late Medieval Ferrara: The Rule of the Este, 1350-1450.(Cambridge University Press) 1987.
  • Cecily Booth, Cosimo I - Duke Of Florence, 1921, University Press

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