House of Este

Italian dynasty ruling the Duchy of Ferrara, Duchy of Modena and Reggio, and Papal States / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The House of Este (UK: /ˈɛsti/ EST-ee,[7] US: /ˈɛst/ EST-ay,[8][9] Italian: [ˈɛste]) is a European dynasty of North Italian origin whose members ruled parts of Italy and Germany for many centuries.

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House of Este
Casa d'Este

Princely noble family
Arms of the House of Este (1239–1431)
Parent familyObertenghi[1][2]
CountryDucado_de_Modena_%28antes_de_1830%29.svg Duchy of Ferrara
State_Flag_of_the_Duchy_of_Modena_and_Reggio_%281830-1859%29.svg Duchy of Modena and Reggio
Papal States Papal States
EtymologyFrom the town of Este
Founded1097; 926 years ago (1097)
FounderFulco I of Este[lower-alpha 1]
Final rulerErcole III (Modena)
Maria Beatrice (Massa & Carrara)
Connected families
Ab Insomni Non Custodita Dracone[5]

(Unattended by the tireless dragon[6])
HeirloomsGalleria Estense
Estate(s)Castello Estense (Ferrara)
Ducal Palace (Modena)
Dissolution1829 (1829)
Cadet branchesHabsburg-Este (cognatic)
BranchesHouse of Welf (elder branch of the original House of Este)

The original House of Este's elder branch, which is known as the House of Welf, included dukes of Bavaria and of Brunswick. This branch produced Britain's Hanoverian monarchs, as well as one Emperor of Russia (Ivan VI) and one Holy Roman Emperor (Otto IV).

The original House of Este's younger branch, which is simply called the House of Este, included rulers of Ferrara (1240–1597), and of Modena (–1859) and Reggio (1288–1796).[10] This branch's male line became extinct with the death of Ercole III in 1803.

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