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Francis II Sforza, Duca di Milano

Birthplace: Vigevano, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Death: Died in Milano, Ducato di Milano
Immediate Family:

Son of Ludovico I Maria Sforza, duca di Milano and Beatrice d'Este
Husband of Christine af Danmark og Norge von Oldenburg, Duchessa di Milano, Duchesse de Lorraine
Brother of Ercole Massimiliano I Sforza, duca di Milano
Half brother of Leone Sforza; Maddalena Sforza; Bianca Francesca Sforza; Cesare Sforza; Giovanni Paolo I Sforza, I. marchese di Caravaggio and 1 other

Occupation: Duke of Milan, Hertig i Milano
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Sforza Francesco II Sforza, duca di Milano


Francesco II Sforza (February 4, 1495 – October 24, 1535), also known as Francesco Maria Sforza[1], was the last Duke of Milan from 1521[2] until his death.

He was the son of Ludovico Sforza and Beatrice d'Este. When Ludovico was ousted from Milan in the course of the Italian Wars, he brought Francesco with him to the court of the Emperor Maximilian I, who had married a Sforza, Francesco's cousin Bianca Maria. Francesco was assigned to an ecclesiastical career. His father was imprisoned and killed in 1508, but when Charles V re-conquered Milan from the French (1525), Francesco was appointed its duke, the last of the family to hold that title.

He returned to his state, depleted by twenty years of combat, promoting a cultural and economic recovery. In 1526 he adhered to the second Holy League with Francis I of France, Pope Clement VII and the Republic of Florence, and was besieged in the Castello Sforzesco

On May 4, 1534 he married Christina of Denmark, daughter of Christian II of Denmark and Norway and Isabella of Burgundy.

He fought at the Battle of Bicocca, and joined the League of Cognac against Charles V. His childless death in 1535 sparked the Italian War of 1535. His half-brother Giovanni Paolo reclaimed briefly the Duchy of Milan after his death, but died in the same year under mysterious circumstances.

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Sforza Francesco II Sforza, duca di Milano's Timeline

January 4, 1495
Vigevano, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
- 1535
Age 26
May 4, 1534
Age 39
October 24, 1535
Age 40
Milano, Ducato di Milano