The Royal Women

Clarice Orsini – A Roman in Florence

This article was written by Ezgi Özcan. Clarice Orsini was born in 1453 in the countryside of Rome. Her early life is unknown like many noble girls. Most likely, Clarice had a traditional Catholic education due. When Lucrezia Tornabuoni noticed her, she was a slim girl with a round face. Lucrezia Tornabuoni was the mother of Lorenzo de’Medici [read more]

Maria Salviati

Maria Salviati – The creation of a ruler

This article was written by Ezgi Özcan. Maria Salviati was born in Florence as a member of two powerful families: Medici and Salviati. She was the first child of Lucrezia de’ Medici, who was the first child of Lorenzo de’ Medici (The Magnificent) and Clarice Orsini. Maria married her cousin Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, the [read more]

Bianca de' Medici

Bia de’ Medici – A Beloved Child

This article was written by Ezgi Özcan. Bia de’ Medici was born in 1536 as the first child of the Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany. She was known as Bia, which could be the short version of Bianca or “la Bambina.” The identity of her mother is not clear. Cosimo I and Maria Salviati [read more]

Matilda of Tuscany

Matilda of Tuscany – The great Countess

Matilda of Tuscany was born around 1046 as the daughter of Margrave Boniface III of Tuscany and Beatrice of Lorraine. She knew Latin and was possibly also versed in German and French. Her father was assassinated in 1052, and his heir was Matilda’s brother, Frederick, under the regency of their mother. Matilda was the youngest child, but her [read more]