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Claudia de' Medici

Archduchess of austria
The basics
AKA Claudia De’ Medici
Date of birth Palazzo Pitti, borough 1 of Florence, Florence, Province of Florence
Date of death Dec 25, 1648 Holy Roman Empire
Father: Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Sister(s): Maria Maddalena de' Medici Catherine de' Medici Governor of Siena
Children: Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria Maria Leopoldine of Austria Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria Vittoria della Rovere
Spouse: Leopold V, Archduke of Austria Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, Duke of Urbino
Brother(s): Cosimo II de' Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany Lorenzo de' Medici Carlo de' Medici
Mother: Christina of Lorraine
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The details

Claudia de' Medici (4 June 1604 – 25 December 1648) was Regent of the Austrian County of Tyrol during the minority of her son from 1632 until 1646. She was a daughter of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Christina of Lorraine. She was born in Florence, and was named after her grandmother Claude of Valois, herself granddaughter of Claude, Duchess of Brittany, consort to King Francis I of France.


Duchess of Urbino

In 1620, she married Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, the only son of Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. Their only child went on to marry the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Federico Ubaldo della Rovere died suddenly on 29 June 1623.

Archduchess of Tyrol

After her husband's premature death, she was married, on 19 April 1626, to Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, and thus became Archduchess consort of Austria. She died at Innsbruck in 1648.

Regent of Tyrol

On the death of her husband in 1632, she assumed a regency in the name of her son Ferdinand Charles who was the ruler of the Princely County of Tyrol. Claudia, along with five directors, held the post until 1646.


She had one child by Federico Ubaldo della Rovere:

  1. Vittoria della Rovere (1622–1694) married Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and had issue.

She had five children by Leopold V:

  1. Maria Eleonora of Austria (1627–1629) died in infancy.
  2. Ferdinand Charles of Austria (1628–1662) married Anna de' Medici and had issue.
  3. Isabella Clara of Austria (1629–1685), who married Charles III, Duke of Mantua and had issue.
  4. Sigismund Francis of Austria (1630–1665), Count of Tyrol and Regent of Further Austria, who married Countess Palatine Maria Hedwig Auguste of Sulzbach (1650–1681) and had no issue.
  5. Maria Leopoldine of Austria (1632–1649), who married Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III (1608–1657) and had issue.


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