Duke of Rena

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Dukedom of Rena
Ducato di Rena
Arms of the Dukes of Rena
Arms: Argent, a chevron Gules enfiled of a coronet of four fleurs-de-lys and four crosses pattee Or within a Double Tressure flory counterflory Gules, all within a Bordure Azure
Creation date 6692 (first creation)
6922 (second creation)
7026 (third creation)
Monarch Lorenzo of Rena (first creation)
Giancarlo of Casella (second creation)
Valerio I of Casella (third creation)
Peerage Peerage of Casella
House House of Decus
First holder Lorenzo I Zambrano, 1st Duke of Rena
Present holder Marius III, Emperor of the Anisorans and Grand Prince of Casella
Heir apparent Titus, Grand Prince of Pastana
Remainder to the 17th (30th) Duke's heirs of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Marquess of Briesca
Count of Rena
Count of Briesca
Baron of Rena
Baron of Matino
Extinction date 6899 (first creation)
7006 (second creation)
Seats Castello di Zambrano
Armorial motto Fidelitas Vindo Fidelitas Ipsi
("Faith in Vind is faith in oneself")

Duke of Rena (Anisoran: Duca di Rena; Pastanan: Dux Renarii) is the premier duke in the Peerage of Casella. The title dates back to 6692 when Lorenzo of Rena assumed the title after his victory at the Battle of Porterena. The title has since then been created a further two times, in 7026 merging with the Crown of Casella, with the rulers of Casella retaining the title ever since; it thus remains a subsidiary title of the Grand Prince of Casella and (since 7367) the Emperor of the Anisorans. The current Duke of Rena is Marius III, Emperor of the Anisorans and Grand Prince of Casella.

The title is one of the oldest and most ancient extant ducal titles in Anaria, and is the second oldest in use in the Anisoran Empire, behind only the Duke of Montagnesco of the Peerage of Pastana. Since the accession of Valerio I to the throne of Casella and the establishment of Tortagno-Nespola rule in 7026, the title has been held by the ruler of Casella, which since 7367 has been the Emperor of the Anisorans, head of the Decus stim. The Dukes of Rena (third creation) hold numerous subsidiary titles: Marquess of Briesca (created 6923), which is used as a courtesy title by the heir apparent of the Duke, who is also the heir to the Casellan and Anisoran thrones; Count of Rena (7026); Count of Briesca (6923); Baron of Rena (7026); and Baron of Matino (6923).

The Dukes of Rena are considered to have contributed uniquely to the Kingdom of Casella throughout the last 900 years. Marino II Zambrano, 4th Duke of Rena (first creation), is perhaps the most famous Duke of Rena, who founded the prestigious knightly Order of the Fauglia, and led Casellan forces against X in the War of Casellan Indepedence (6834-6842), which resulted in the foundation of the Kingdom of Casella. In the subsequent centuries, the Zambrano Dukes of Rena forged a short-lived dynasty, but the title's prestige would only increase with the second creation (6922), and especially the third creation (7026), which reunited the title with the Crown of Casella.

The traditional seat of the Dukes of Rena is Castello di Zambrano in Briesca, eastern Casella, named after the first stim to claim the ducal title of Rena. The castle has been rebuilt and restored many times over its thousand year history, and the site has remained one of the most important ceremonial and historical locations in Anisora, with the famous Exemplar Helge Hjorvardsson Chapel (Cappella di Helgo) and the Great Hall the ceremonial home of the Order of the Fauglia, of which the reigning Duke of Rena is Grand Master.

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Dukes of Rena, first creation (6692)

  • Lorenzo I Zambrano, 1st Duke of Rena (6692-6713), assumed the title after victory in the Battle of Porterena
  • Lorenzo II Zambrano, 2nd Duke of Rena (6713-6771), eldest son of the 1st Duke
  • Marino I Zambrano, 3rd Duke of Rena (6771-6809), second son of the 2nd Duke
  • Marino II Zambrano, 4th Duke of Rena (6809-6860), eldest son of the 3rd Duke
  • Lorenzo III Zambrano, 5th Duke of Rena (6860-6864), eldest son of the 4th Duke
  • Valerio I Zambrano, 6th Duke of Rena (6864-6872), second son of the 4th Duke, brother of the 5th
  • Lorenzo IV Zambrano, 7th Duke of Rena (6872-6899), nephew of the 6th Duke; died without male issue (title extinct)

Dukes of Rena, second creation (6922)

  • Giulio I Adalfina, 1st (8th) Duke of Rena (6922-6953), created Duke of Rena by his brother Giancarlo of Casella
  • Adriano I Adalfina, 2nd (9th) Duke of Rena (6953-6982), eldest son of the 1st (8th) Duke
  • Lorenzo V Adalfina, 3rd (10th) Duke of Rena (6982-6983), second son of the 2nd (9th) Duke; died without issue
  • Giogrio I Adalfina, 4th (11th) Duke of Rena (6983-6991), third son of the 2nd (9th) Duke, younger brother of the 3rd (10th)
  • Giulio II Adalfina, 5th (12th) Duke of Rena (6991-7004), only son of the 4th (11th) Duke
  • Giulio III Adalfina, 6th (13th) Duke of Rena (7004-7006), only child of the 5th (12th) Duke, died without male issue (title extinct)

Dukes of Rena, third creation (7026)

  • Valerio I, 1st (14th) Duke of Rena (7026-7051) created the title for himself as King of Casella
  • Ermino I, 2nd (15th) Duke of Rena (7051-7056)
  • Ermino II, 3rd (16th) Duke of Rena (7056-7090)
  • Ermino III, 4th (17th) Duke of Rena (7090-7124)
  • Maria I, 5th (18th) Duchess of Rena (7124-7169), the first woman to hold the title1
  • Valerio II, 6th (19th) Duke of Rena (7169-7181)
  • Giulio I, 7th (20th) Duke of Rena (7181-7195)
  • Ermino IV, 8th (21st) Duke of Rena (7195-7197)
  • Maria II, 9th (22nd) Duchess of Rena (7197-7220)
  • Ermino V, 10th (23rd) Duke of Rena (7220-7259)
  • Valerio III and I, 11th (24th) Duke of Rena (7259-7285)
  • Valerio IV and II, 12th (25th) Duke of Rena (7285-7301)
  • Maria III and I, 13th (26th) Duke of Rena (7301-7302)
  • Ermino VI and I, 14th (27th) Duke of Rena (7302-7316)
  • Ermino VII and II, 15th (28th) Duke of Rena (7316-7339)
  • Valerio V and III, 16th (29th) Duke of Rena (7339-7362)
  • Giulia I, disputed claimant2
  • Marius I, 17th (30th) Duke of Rena (7365-7384), assumed the title after his coronation as King of the Dual Kingdom
  • Marius II, 18th (31st) Duke of Rena (7384-7423), eldest son of the 17th (30th) Duke
  • Victoria I, 19th (32nd) Duchess of Rena (7423-7443), eldest daughter of the 18th (31st) Duke
  • Victoria II, 20th (33rd) Duchess of Rena (7443-7468), second daughter of the 18th (31st) Duke, younger sister of the 19th (32nd)
  • Victoria III, 21st (34th) Duchess of Rena (7468-7472), eldest daughter of the 20th (33rd) Duchess
  • Victor, 22nd (35th) Duke of Rena (7472), only child of the 21st (43th) Duchess; died without issue
  • Titus I, 23rd (36th) Duke of Rena (7472-7507)
  • Flavian, 24th (37th) Duke of Rena (7507-7518), eldest son of the 23rd (36th) Duke; died without surviving issue
  • Titus II, 25th (38th) Duke of Rena (7518-7553), second son of the 23rd (36th) Duke, younger brother of the 24th (37th)
  • Marius III, 26th (39th) Duke of Rena (7553-present), eldest son of the 25th (38th) Duke

The current heir apparent to the Dukedom of Rena is the current Duke's eldest son, Prince Titus, Grand Prince of Pastana (b.7551).

Coat of arms

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the Dukes of Rena takes the traditional arms of the Zambrano Dukes: Argent, a chevron Gules enfiled of a coronet of four fleurs-de-lys and four crosses pattee Or within a Double Tressure flory counterflory Gules. In 7026 with the third creation of the title, the Zambrano arms were taken as the ducal arms for King Valerio I of Casella, who in recognition of the merger of the title with the Crown, added a Bordure Azure and crowned the shield with the royal crown of Casella, which has remained traditional since. However, despite the title retaining its own distinctive arms, the Duke of Rena rarely uses the arms in their own right, subordinate as they are to the senior titles of King and Grand Prince of Casella (as well as, since 7367, Emperor of the Anisorans). According to tradition, the Grand Master of the Order of the Fauglia bears the arms of the Duke of Rena for ceremonial occasions related to the knightly Order.

See also

Anisora  Anisora portal
Nobility  Nobility portal

Notes

1 The title had previously been inheritable by male heirs of the body only, excluding women. However, on his deathbed, Ermino III changed the inheritance law of the title to coincide with that of the Crown of Casella, allowing his daughter to inherit the title Duchess of Rena and avoid the title becoming extinct, or passing to a distant male relation.

2 During the Anisoran Civil War Marius Decus, then Duke of Marra, did not initially claim the title Duke of Rena until his coronation as King of the Dual Kingdom in 7365. As the title had merged with the crown of Casella in 7026, Giulia Tortagno-Nespola's claim to the title was declared null and void as her claim to the Casellan throne was declared illegal when Marius I was crowned. Tortagno-Nespola loyalists still consider the Decus stim usurpers of the title today, and consider the title to belong to XXX, pretender to the Casellan and Pastanan thrones.

References

Extant dukedoms in the peerages of the Anisoran Empire
Imperial dukedoms RenaArrentoTenalevanJelumbriaPadrina
Casella   MorattoCaldagnoRovellaMarraFolignanoPedriano and AlbinaZelarino
Pastana   MontagnescoPizzoniCastellaroTorrentiaCasandrino
Matrignano   Apporadena (royal) • Sarino (royal) • Moresco
Vattoro   SarturanoAurisina
Torzarola   Parrone (royal)
Anisoran Empire   JullanaMaradella-TazzoDavalinoLiarnaTriescaBoglianoMonferratoSorena
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