Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany  

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Cosimo II de' Medici (12 May 1590 – 28 February 1621) was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1609 until 1621. He was the elder son of the then incumbent Grand Duke and Christina of Lorraine. He married Maria Maddalena of Austria, and had eight children.

For the most of his eleven year reign, he delegated the administration of Tuscany to his minsiters. He is best remembered as the patron of Galileo Galilei, his childhood tutor. He died of Tuberculosis in 1621.

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