Gian Galeazzo II Sforza, duca di Milano

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Gian Galeazzo Maria Galeazzo Sforza

Birthplace: Abbiategrasso, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Death: October 21, 1494 (25)
Pavia, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Galeazzo Maria I Sforza, duca di Milano and Bonne de Savoie, duchesse de Milan
Husband of Isabella d'Aragona
Father of Francesco Sforza, conte di Pavia; Ippolita Maria Sforza and Bona Sforza, duchessa di Bari
Brother of Ermes Maria Sforza, marchese di Tortona; Bianca Maria Sforza and Anna Maria Sforza
Half brother of Caterina Sforza, contessa di Forli; Alessandro Sforza, signore di Francavilla; Chiara Sforza; Carlo Sforza, conte di Magenta; patriarca Ottaviano Maria Sforza and 1 other

Occupation: Duca di Milano
Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Gian Galeazzo II Sforza, duca di Milano

Gian Galeazzo Sforza

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Gian Galeazzo Sforza (also Giovan Galeazzo Sforza) (20 June 1469 - 21 October 1494) was the sixth Duke of Milan.

Born in Abbiategrasso, he was only 7 years old when in 1476 his father, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, was assassinated and Gian Galeazzo became the Duke of Milan. His uncle, Ludovico Sforza, acted as regent to the young duke but quickly wrestled all power from him and became the de facto ruler of Milan for some time. In 1488, Gian Galeazzo married his cousin princess Isabella of Naples and they had three children together: Ippolita Maria Sforza (1490-1501), Francesco (1491-1512), Bona (1494-1557) (who married Sigismund I of Poland) and Bianca Maria (1495-1496).

Concerning Gian Galeazzo's death in 1494 (Pavia), Italian historian Francesco Guicciardini had this to say in his La Historia di Italia (The History of Italy):

The rumor was widespread that Giovan Galeazzo's death had been provoked by immoderate coitus; nevertheless, it was widely believed throughout Italy that he had died not through natural illness nor as a result of incontinence, but had been poisoned... one of the royal physicians...asserted that he had seen manifest signs of it. Nor was there anyone who doubted that if it had been poison, it had been administered through his uncle's Ludovico Sforza machinations...

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Gian Galeazzo II Sforza, duca di Milano's Timeline

June 10, 1469
Abbiategrasso, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Pavia, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
October 21, 1494
Age 25
Pavia, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
February 13, 1495
Pavia, Pavia, Lombardy, Italia