Margherita (Este) Malatesta
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Margherita (Este) Malatesta (1410 - 1475)

Margherita Malatesta formerly Este aka d'Este, Malatesta Heer van Rimini
Born in Ferrara, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italymap
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Died in Rimini, Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italymap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Nov 2015
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Niccolò d'Este, III, Marquis de Modène, Marquis de Ferrara (1383-1441), Ferrara, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Niccolò III 1st m. June 1397 GIGLIOLA da Carrara (1382-1416) She died of the plague.
Niccolò III and 2nd wife PARISINA Malatesta (1404-beheaded Ferrara 21 May 1425) had three children:
  1.  GINEVRA d'Este (24 Mar 1419-12 Oct 1440). Twin with Luzia, m. SIGISMONDO PANDOLFO Malatesta Signore di Rimini, (Brescia 19 Jun 1417-Castel Sismondo 7 Oct 1468).
  2.  LUCIA d'Este (24 Mar 1419-28 Jun 1437). Twin with Ginevra.  m. 1437 CARLO Gonzaga di Mantua (-21 Dec 1456)
  3.  ALBERTO CARLO d'Este (1421-aged 21 days).
 Niccolò III and 3rd wife RICCIARDA di Saluzzo had two children:
  1. ERCOLE d'Este (26 Oct 1431-25 Jan 1505, bur Ferrara Santa Maria degli Angeli).  Governor of Modena 1463.  He succeeded his half-brother in 1471 as Duke of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio.
  2. SIGISMONDO d'Este (1433-Ferrara 1 Apr 1507). Signore di San Martino di Rio 11 May 1501. 
Significant Other/Partner of Niccolò d'Este, III: Stella de' Tolome (abt 1383-1419)
Children of Niccolò and Stella:
  1. Margherita d'Este (1410-1475), m. Galeotto Roberto Malatesta
  2. Ugo d'Este (1405-1425 ) He committed adultery with his father's second wife and was beheaded.
  3. Leonello d'Este, duc de Modène (1407-1450) He was legitimated by the Pope in 1429.  He succeeded his father in 1441 as Signore di Ferrara, Modena e Reggio.
  4. Borso d'Este, duc de Modène (1413-1471) He succeeded his brother 1450 as Signore di Ferrara, Modena e Reggio.  He was created Duke of Modena and Reggio by the Emperor 1452.  He was created Duke of Ferrara by the Pope 14 Apr 1471[1]
Niccolò III and mistress Caterina de´Medici's child:
  1.  MELIADUSE d'Este (1406-1452). Abbot of Pomposa and Ferrara, resigned 1425.
Niccolò III and mistress FILIPPA della Tavola's children:
  1.  GURONE Maria d'Este (-1484). Canon at Ferrara. Apostolic protonotary.  Abbot of Nonantola Santa Maria di Gavello e Campagnola.     
  2.  ALBERTO d'Este (1415-8 Apr 1502). Signore di Polesine di Rovigo 1471/74.
Niccolò III and CATARINA's children:
  1.  ISOTTA d'Este (1425-1456), m. firstly (1443) ODDANTONIO di Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino (after 1424-1444); m. secondly (1446) STEFANO Frangipani, Conte di Segni (-1481)
  2. CAMILLA d'Este, m (1448) RODOLFO Varano di Camerino (-1464)
  3. BEATRICE d'Este (1427-before 29 Nov 1497).  m. 1st (1448) NICCOLÒ da Correggio, Conte di Corregio (-1453/54), m. 2nd (28 Oct 1454) TRISTANO Sforza, Signore di Saliceto, Noceto e Lusurasco (Genoa 1424-Milan 1477).
 Niccolò III and an unknown mistress's children:
  1.  RINALDO d'Este (1435-8 Apr 1503), m. (11 Jun 1472) LUCREZIA (-after 1481). 
  2.  BIANCA MARIA d'Este (18 Dec 1440-Mirandola 12 Jan 1506, bur Mirandola San Francesco), m. (1468) GALEOTTO [I] Pico, Signore della Mirandola (-7 Apr 1499, bur Mirandola San Francesco). 
Wikipedia: House of Este ([ˈɛste] Italian: Casata d'Este, originally House of Welf-Este) is a European princely dynasty. It's one of the most ancient noble dynasties in Europe. The elder branch of the House of Este included the Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg (1208–1918) and produced Britain's Hanoverian monarchs and one Emperor of Russia (Ivan VI).[2]
Commentary from The Estes Family in the Italian Renaissance:
"According to the Wikipedia article on the House of Este, The lordship of Ferrara was made hereditary by Obizzo II (d. 1293) who was proclaimed Lord of Ferrara in 1264, Lord of Modena 1288 and Lord of Reggio 1289.
Ferrara being a papal fief, the Este Family were given the position of hereditary Papal Vicars in 1332. Ferrara became a significant center of culture under Niccolò d'Este III (1384–1441), who received several popes with great magnificence, especially Eugene IV, who held a Council here in 1438 later known as the Council of Florence.
His successors were Leonello (1407–1450) and Borso (1413–1471), who was elevated to Duke of Modena and Reggio by Emperor Frederick III in 1452 and in return received these duchies as imperial fiefs.
In 1471 he received the Duchy of Ferrara as papal fief from Pope Paul II, for which occasion splendid frescoes were executed at Palazzo Schifanoia.
Both Leonello and his brother Borso were illegitimate sons (the mother of both was Stella de' Tolome. Leonello, as the eldest, became Marquess of Ferrara on his father's death. On the death of Leonello, for reasons unknown his brother Borso, instead of his son Francesco, became Marquess. And Francesco fled to northern Europe, eventually settling in England. Considering the culture of violence in that time and place, he probably fled for his life."


  1. Ugo::Leonello::Borso::Medieval Lands
  2. House of Este
  1. Source: Ancestral Family Trees
  2. Source: Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
  3. Source: Medieval Lands. Accessed 26 Nov 2015. URL:,%20FERRARA.htm
  4. Source: Stella de' Tolomei (Italian). it.m.wikipedia. Il contenuto è disponibile in base alla licenza CC BY-SA 3.0, se non diversamente specificato. Accessed 26 Nov 2015. URL:
  5. Source: Leonello d'Este, duc de Modène, marquis de Ferrare (1441-1450). Henri FREBAULT's Family Tree. Accessed: 11 Nov 2015. URL:;pz=henri;nz=frebault;ocz=0;p=leonello;n=d+este
  6. Source: Stella de Tolomei. Henri FREBAULT's Family Tree. Accessed: 11 Nov 2015. URL:
  7. Source: House of Este. Wikipedia. Accessed: 9 Nov 2015. URL:
  8. Source: Seltzer, Richard. The Estes Family in the Italian Renaissance. Accessed: 9 Nov 2015. URL:
  • Also see:
Place sources here:
Cary-Estes genealogy; compiled and arranged by May Folk Webb and Patrick Mann Estes
Helen Seltzer's Extraordinary Women


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