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 Gian Gastone De Medici

Gian Gastone De Medici

Birth
Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Death 9 Jul 1737 (aged 66)
Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot Crypt - Cappelle Medicee
Memorial ID 9740556 · View Source
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Grand Duke of Tuscany. Son and successor of Cosimo III De' Medici, he was the last male member of his family and the last of the family to rule Tuscany. He had been neglected by his grandmother, mother and father, ignored by his elder brother Ferdinando, by the court and by the people of Florence. He was forced by his father to marry Anna Maria Franziska, an immensely fat twenty-three years old lady, daughter of the duke of Saxony and Lauenburg and widow of Palatine Count Philip of Neuberg. No child was born from this disastrous marriage and obviously there was no hope for a Medici heir. He became Gran Duke of Florence at the age of fifty-two, and he appeared increasingly tired and old with each day that passed. His indolence had become proverbial, and he totally lacked the will to reign. He was not interested in power, and he would have been perfectly happy to continue his pointless life without it. He probably died from obesity and kidney stones.

Bio by: MC


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  • Originally Created by: MC
  • Added: 2 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9740556
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gian Gastone De Medici (24 May 1671–9 Jul 1737), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9740556, citing Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .