Bona Sforza

1494 - 1557

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Bona Sforza (2 February 1494 – 19 November 1557) was Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania as the second wife of Sigismund the Old, and Duchess of Bari and Rossano by her own right. She was a surviving member of the powerful House of Sforza, which had ruled the Duchy of Milan since 1450. Smart, energetic and ambitious, Bona became heavily involved in the political and cultural life of the Polish–Lithuanian union. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bona Sforza has received more than 435,476 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Bona Sforza is the 1,542nd most popular politician (up from 1,688th in 2019), the 588th most popular biography from Italy (up from 629th in 2019) and the 95th most popular Italian Politician.

Bona sforza is most famous for being the name of a castle in Milan.

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Among politicians, Bona Sforza ranks 1,542 out of 19,576Before her are Emil Hácha, Mátyás Rákosi, Robert Ley, Léon Degrelle, Lin Biao, and Sunjo of Joseon. After her are Otto of Bavaria, Béla III of Hungary, Bumin Qaghan, Khaled Mashal, Mohammed Zahir Shah, and Ahmad Shah Massoud.

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Among people born in 1494, Bona Sforza ranks 7Before her are Suleiman the Magnificent, Francis I of France, François Rabelais, Fuzûlî, Georgius Agricola, and Pontormo. After her are Jean Parisot de Valette, Leo Africanus, Rosso Fiorentino, Lucas van Leyden, William Tyndale, and Hans Sachs. Among people deceased in 1557, Bona Sforza ranks 6Before her are Jacques Cartier, Anne of Cleves, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, John III of Portugal, and Pontormo. After her are Mikael Agricola, Olaus Magnus, Sebastian Cabot, Emperor Go-Nara, Lautaro, and Giovanni Francesco Straparola.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Bona Sforza ranks 588 out of 5,161Before her are Aldus Manutius (1449), Tibullus (-50), Hiero II of Syracuse (-308), Titus Tatius (-800), Julius Evola (1898), and Muzio Clementi (1752). After her are Niccolò dell'Abbate (1512), Roberto Mancini (1964), Giorgio Moroder (1940), Francis I of the Two Sicilies (1777), Charles Ponzi (1882), and Saint Rosalia (1130).


Among politicians born in Italy, Bona Sforza ranks 95Before her are Marcus Furius Camillus (-446), Gallienus (218), Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (1492), Clara Petacci (1912), Hiero II of Syracuse (-308), and Titus Tatius (-800). After her are Francis I of the Two Sicilies (1777), Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma (1545), Alexander of Battenberg (1857), Constans (320), Charles II of Naples (1254), and Publius Clodius Pulcher (-90).