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]

Eleanor of Toledo

Eleanor of Toledo – Murder or Malaria?

This article was written by Carol. Eleanor of Toledo was born in 1522 as the daughter of Pedro of Toledo, the Spanish Viceroy of the Kingdom of Naples and second cousin to the Emperor Charles V. His brother was the famous Duke of Alba who governed the Austrian Netherlands for the Emperor. In 1538, she [read more]