Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Sforza, Caterina

Born: 1463, Milan
Died: 1509, Florence
  • Meredith K. RayEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1155-1

Abstract

Caterina Sforza (1463–1509) was the daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza of Milan and Lucrezia Landriani. After her marriage to Girolamo Riario, a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, she became countess of Imola and, later, Forlì; following her husband’s assassination in 1488, she continued to govern these territories as regent for her eldest son. Caterina Sforza gained widespread fame for her skill in political and military affairs and was known for her interest in collecting alchemical, medicinal, and cosmetic recipes. In 1499, she lost her territories to the forces of Cesare Borgia and Louis XII. After a period of imprisonment in Rome, she was forced to renounce her claims on Imola and Forlì, and spent the remainder of her life in Florence. Caterina Sforza was the mother of the condottiere Giovanni dalle Bande Nere (1498–1526), whose son Cosimo (1519–1574) became the first Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany.

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  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

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  • Marco Sgarbi
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  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly