Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany

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Ferdinando I
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Grand Duke of Tuscany
PredecessorFrancesco I
SuccessorCosimo II
Born(1549-07-30)30 July 1549
Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Died17 February 1609(1609-02-17) (aged 59)
Palazzo Pitti, Florence
SpouseChristina of Lorraine
IssueCosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Princess Maria Maddalena
Caterina, Duchess of Mantua
Carlo, Bishop of Ostia
Claudia, Archduchess of Austria
Full name
Ferdinando de' Medici
HouseHouse of Medici
FatherGrand Duke Cosimo I of Tuscany
MotherEleonora di Toledo


Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (30 July 1549 – 17 February 1609) was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1587 to 1609. He succeeded his older brother Francesco I.

Ferdinando was the fifth son of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Eleonora di Toledo.

He was a Cardinal before he became Grand Duke, until he married Christine of Lorraine in 1589. He was succeeded by his eldest son, who reigned as Cosimo II. His wife and daughter-in-law Maria Maddalena of Austria acted as regents for Cosimo II.

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