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]

Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo

Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo – Murder Most Royal

Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo was born in March 1553 as the daughter of García Álvarez de Toledo, 4th Marquis of Villafranca, Duke of Fernandina and  Donna Vittoria Colonna in Florence. She was brought up by Eleanor of Toledo, her aunt. In April 1571, she married Pietro de’ Medici, the youngest son of Cosimo I de’ [read more]