Ambrosian Republic


AMBROSIAN REPUBLIC

Oligarchic régime in Milan 1447-50.

Portrait of Bianca Maria Sforza

Portrait of Bianca Maria Sforza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was established after the death, without legitimate children, of Filippo Maria, the last Visconti Duke, and was named after St Ambrose, Bishop of the city 374-97, and subsequently its patron saint.  Some of Milan’s subordinate cities, notably Lodi and Piacenza, saw the chance to break away and appealed for help to Venice.  The Republic tottered, and in 1450 Francesco Sforza, a celebrated condottiere and the husband of Bianca Maria, Filippo Maria’s bastard daughter, became Duke.

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