Ercole I d'Este, KG (26 October 1431 – 25 January 1505) was Duke of Ferrara from 1471 until 1505. Biography [ edit ]Ercole was born in 1431 in Ferrara to Nicolò III and Ricciarda da Saluzzo. In 1471, with the support of the Republic of Venice, he became Duke on the death of his half-brother Borso, profiting of the absence of the latter's son, Niccolò, who was in Mantua.  During an absence of Ercole from Ferrara, Niccolò attempted a coup, which was however crushed; Niccolò and his cousin Azzo were beheaded on 4 September 1476. Family and issue [ edit ]Ercole and Eleonora had six children:Ercole had two illegitimate children:Lucrezia d'Este, born ca 1477 (married Annibale II Bentivoglio)GiulioSee also [ edit ]References [ edit ]
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