Medici, Filippo de

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Medici, Filippo de Gender: M
Filippo Cosimo de' Medici
born on 20 May 1577 Jul.Cal. (30 May 1577 greg.) at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Florence, Italy, 43n46, 11e15
Timezone LMT h0e45 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°28' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 10°45 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 26°54'

Filippo de Medici


Italian child of the nobility, he was the youngest child of Francesco I de' Medici and Joanna of Austria. Their seventh child after the birth of six sisters in a row, he was the heir to the Tuscan throne.

When he was not quite eleven months old, his mother died in an accident falling down the stairs of the ducal apartments while heavily pregnant. His father then married Bianca Cappello.

Only two of his sisters survived till adulthood, Eleonora de' Medici and Marie de' Medici (who became queen consort of France). He had another sister Anna who died aged fourteen.

Philip died on 29 March 1582 at age four from hydrocephalus: when his skull was opened, the equivalent of about a glass of water came out. Recent study of his remains have confirmed the diagnosis.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Medici, Cosimo I de (born 12 June 1519 Jul.Cal. (22 June 1519 greg.)). Notes: Grandkin


  • Death of Mother 11 April 1578 (greg.) (Joanna of Austria)
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  • Death by Disease 29 March 1582 Jul.Cal. (8 Apr 1582 greg.) (Hydrocephalus, age 4)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites a book on the Medicis [probably Tragedie Medicee domestiche (1557-87), Florence, 1898] by Guglielmo Enrico Saltini, then head of the Florentine State Archive, quoted in I Medici: la dinastia dei misteri by Marco Ferri and Donatella Lippi (Giunti, 2007), page 52: "Filippo ( 1577 ) : « A ' dì 20 di maggio , in lunedì a ore 12 1 / 2 in circa , il gran duca Francesco de ' Medici ebbe uno figliuolo mastio , che fu il primo mastio che sua Altezza Serenissima avessi avuto , per averne avute per insino a oggi tutte femine , che furno sei alla fila . Fernonsi grandi allegrezze »"

(Translation: Filippo (1577): "On the 20th of May, on Monday at 12:30 hours approximately, the Grand Duke Francesco de' Medici had a son who was the first male heir for his Serene Highness, who up to now had all female children in a row").

Similar from I medici riesumano i Medici: cronaca di una straordinaria avventura alla scoperta dei segreti della grande dinastia fiorentina by Marco Ferri (Nuova Toscana, 2005), page 184: "Come ricorda Saltini, 'Don Filippo nasce il 20 maggio 1577 a hore 12,30.'" (As Saltini recalls, "Don Filippo was born on 20 May 1577 at 12.30 hours").

Using Florentine Time, sunset occurred at about 7:30 PM LMT to which 12.5 hours are added to make 8:00 AM LMT. This date in Old Style was a Monday, in New Style a Friday.

Indeed a morning time of birth is given in Cronaca (1532-1606): a cura di Giuliana Sapori by Giuliano de' Ricci (Ricciardi, 1972), page 216: "Hora, essendo tutta la plebe sollevata et fatti moltissimi preparamenti, la domenica sera addì 19 di maggio presono i dolori del parto la gran duchessa, la quale felicemente il lunedì mattina dì 20 di maggio partorì un figlio maschio."

(Translation: Now that all the populace knew and were making many preparations, on Sunday evening 19 May the pains of childbirth struck the Grand Duchess, who happily gave birth to a male son on Monday morning of 20 May).


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Hydrocephalus)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (House of Medici, Italy)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Hydrocephalus)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 4)