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THE GUAZZO FAMILY
TEFANO GUAZZO was born of an INTRO.
Treasurer to the Dukes of Mantua for over thirty years; and at his death in December 1573 he impressed upon his four surviving children the importance of adhering to these princes, in the troubled conditions of the time. His son Stefano Guazzo entered the Treasurer's Office in the year which followed the momentous decision of Charles v. under which the government of Montferrat, long held by the Palaeologi, passed to the Gonzaga family. Young Stefano turned to a study of the law, and, always faithful to the interests of the Gonzaghi, served them in various secretarial capacities, both to his honour and to his advantage. He spent seven years in Spain on business of State, and shortly after the peace of Castel Cambresis in 1559 was sent by Duke Guglielmo as Ambassador to Charles ix. of France. Guazzo himself informs us in some of his letters of the generous treatment