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Gerolama Orsini

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Father  Lodovico Orsini
Mother  Giulia Conti
Name  Gerolama Orsini

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Consort  19 August 1545 – 10 September 1547
Issue Detail  Cardinal Alessandro Vittoria, Duchess of Urbino Ottavio, Duke of Parma Orazio, Duke of Castro Cardinal Ranuccio
Died  1590, Palazzo Farnese, Piacenza, Italy
Spouse  Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma (m. 1519–1547)
Children  Alessandro Farnese, Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Orazio Farnese, Duke of Castro, Ranuccio Farnese
Grandchildren  Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma
Great grandchildren  Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma, Odoardo Farnese, Margherita Farnese
Similar People  Pier Luigi Farnese - Duke of P, Alessandro Farnese, Ottavio Farnese - Duke of P, Ranuccio Farnese, Silvia Ruffini

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Gerolama Orsini (1504–1570) sometimes Girolama Orsini was a member of the House of Orsini and the wife of Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma. She was the Duchess of Parma by marriage.


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Born in Rome, she was the daughter of Lodovico Orsini and Giulia Conti. In 1513 an engagement contract between Orsini and Pier Luigi Farnese was drawn up, and in 1519 the wedding celebrated at Valentano. Her husband was the illegitimate son of Pope Paul III and Silvia Ruffino. The couple had five children three of which would have further progeny. Despite a loveless marriage, Gerolama remained a faithful, devoted wife, tolerating Pier Luigi's excesses, brutality, and extravagances with dignity.

When Cardinal Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534 he made his son Pier Luigi captain-general of the Church and in 1537 duke of Castro and finally in 1545 Duke of Parma and Piacenza. He was murdered in 1547, and Gerolama outlived him by 43 years, dying at the Palazzo Farnese Piacenza in 1590. She was buried at the Farnese crypt at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata, Parma.


  1. Alessandro Farnese (5 October 1520 – 2 March 1589) never married.
  2. Vittoria Farnese (1521 – 13 September 1602) married Guidobaldo della Rovere, Duke of Urbino and had issue.
  3. Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma (9 October 1524 – 18 September 1586) married Margaret of Parma and had issue.
  4. Orazio Farnese, Duke of Castro (died 18 July 1558) married Diane de France no issue.
  5. Ranuccio Farnese (11 August 1530 – 1565) died unmarried.

Titles and styles from marriage

  • 31 October 1537 – 16 September 1545 Her Highness the Duchess of Castro
  • 16 September 1545 – 10 September 1547 Her Highness the Duchess of Parma
  • 10 September 1547 – 1590 Her Highness the Dowager Duchess of Parma
  • References

    Gerolama Orsini Wikipedia

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