lurking in the shadows
actual cannibal jonathan rhys meyers

[history meme] six women [1/6] - Caterina Sforza ‘Tigress of Forli’ 

Caterina was an Italian noblewoman, the illegitimate daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan and Lucrezia Landriani, the wife of the courtier Gian Piero Landriani, a close friend of the Duke. Raised in the refined Milanese court, Caterina later held the titles of Lady of Imola and Countess of Forlì, by her marriage to Girolamo Riario. She was also the Regent for her first-born son, Ottaviano. The descendant of a dynasty of noted condottieri, Caterina, from an early age, distinguished herself by her bold and impetuous actions taken to safeguard her possessions from possible usurpers, and to defend her dominions from attack, when they were involved in political intrigues that were a distinguishing feature of 15th century Italy.

In her private life Caterina was devoted to various activities, among which were experiments in alchemy and a love of hunting and dancing. She had a large number of children, of whom only the youngest, Captain Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, inherited the forceful, militant character of his mother.

Following Caterina’s resistance to Cesare Borgia, she had to face his fury and he took her prisoner. Upon regaining her liberty following her imprisonment in Rome, she led a quiet life in Florence. In the final years of her life, she confided to a monk: “If I were to write the story of my life, I would shock the world.”

[s o u r c e

  1. gaskells reblogged this from sansastarkel
  2. sansastarkel reblogged this from thehouseofborgia
  3. mel1605 reblogged this from thehouseofborgia and added:
    a mere woman in a man’s world…how dare she„„„„„,well she dared and she did pretty damn well. she was probably as clever...
  4. historynerd14 reblogged this from marquise-de-pompadour
  5. buckysickunicorn reblogged this from samyoulittleshit
  6. samyoulittleshit reblogged this from adrenocorticotropin
  7. adrenocorticotropin reblogged this from marquise-de-pompadour
  8. thehouseofborgia reblogged this from housesforza
  9. marquise-de-pompadour reblogged this from housesforza
  10. pavlikovsky reblogged this from balonsnipple
  11. winterhasconquered reblogged this from balonsnipple
  12. -miss-karlaa- reblogged this from cockismybusiness
  13. cockismybusiness reblogged this from riyel-arcangel
  14. riyel-arcangel reblogged this from balonsnipple
  15. i-n-m-h reblogged this from balonsnipple
  16. aleksandrmorozov reblogged this from nataliedormr
  17. absoluterumpage reblogged this from contentslooknonviolent
  18. infelix-dido reblogged this from balonsnipple
  19. schwoozie reblogged this from nataliedormr
  20. ladyrusalka reblogged this from balonsnipple
  21. ceruleancrowns reblogged this from stilinska
  22. aprilcake reblogged this from holdinghaldavidstarlight