Renaissance prince, musical genius, and murderer -- Carlo Gesualdo lost his mother at the age of seven and was sent to Rome to be educated. The early death of his older brother in 1584 made him heir to the wealthy estate and princely title. He married his cousin, Maria d'Avalos, and had a son with her. In 1590, Carlo caught Maria in bed with her lover, Don Fabrizio Carafa, the duke of Andria, and brutally murdered the lovers. The Gran Corte determined that Carlo Gesualdo had not committed a crime.
He remarried to Eleanor d'Este, who in her letters to her family frequented complained of his treatment of her. Paranoid and depressed, Carlo Gesualdo isolated himself and even employed servants to beat him, all the while working on some of his most complex and outstanding musical compositions. He died in 1613, and at least one biographer has suggested he was poisoned by his wife.
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