- John IV of Montferrat
John IV Palaeologus (Italian: "Giovanni IV Paleologo";
June 24 1413- january 19 1464) was the Margrave of Montferratfrom 1445 until his death.
The eldest of four brothers and two sisters, he was born near Casale in the castle of
Pontestura, to John Jacob of Montferratand Joan of Savoy, daughter of Amadeus VII(the Red Count of Savoy).harvnb|Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani|2000|Ref=DBdI.] During his father’s unlucky war against Amadeus VIII of Savoy, he was imprisoned by the latter and used as hostage.
He fought as
condottierefor the Republic of Venicein the war that ensued after the heirless death of Filippo Maria Viscontiof Milan(see Wars in Lombardy). During his reign the Palaeologusfamily lost the throne of Constantinople, captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
He set his mind rather belatedly to ensuring future of the the dynasty, marrying Margherita, daughter of
Louis of Savoyand Anne of Cyprus, in Casale in December 1458. She brought a dowry of 100,000 scudi, receiving Trino, Morano, Borgo San Martinoand Mombaruzzoin return. However they had no children.
John IV died, without legitimate heirs, in Casale on
19 january 1464; he was buried there alongside his father in the church of San Francesco. He was succeeded by his brother William VIII.
Wars in Lombardy
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