Caterina Sforza

1463 - 1509

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Caterina Sforza (1463 – 28 May 1509) was an Italian noblewoman, the Countess of Forlì and Lady of Imola, firstly with her husband Girolamo Riario, and after his death as a regent of her son Ottaviano. The descendant of a dynasty of noted condottieri, from an early age, Caterina distinguished herself through 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. In her private life, Caterina was devoted to various activities, including experiments in alchemy and a love of hunting, dancing, and horse riding. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Caterina Sforza has received more than 1,474,318 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Caterina Sforza is the 95th most popular companion (up from 96th in 2019), the 544th most popular biography from Italy (down from 526th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Italian Companion.

Caterina Sforza was a powerful woman in Renaissance Italy. She was the daughter of Count Girolamo Riario and Countess Caterina de' Medici, and wife of the notorious tyrant Gian Galeazzo Sforza. Caterina Sforza is most famous for her role in the downfall of her husband's regime.

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Among companions, Caterina Sforza ranks 95 out of 784Before her are Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Katharina von Bora, Guinevere, Julia Domna, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, and Constance, Queen of Sicily. After her are Mary of Teck, Carlos, Prince of Asturias, Elizabeth Woodville, Maria Luisa of Parma, Alexandra Feodorovna, and Gala Dalí.

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Among people born in 1463, Caterina Sforza ranks 2Before her is Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. After her are Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, and Alessandro Achillini. Among people deceased in 1509, Caterina Sforza ranks 2Before her is Henry VII of England. After her are Lady Margaret Beaufort, Bernt Notke, Shen Zhou, Adam Kraft, João da Nova, and John I, Count Palatine of Simmern.

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Among people born in Italy, Caterina Sforza ranks 544 out of 5,161Before her are Giulio Andreotti (1919), Carlo Gesualdo (1566), Peter Lombard (1096), Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154), Scipio Aemilianus (-185), and Pope Eutychian (300). After her are Filippino Lippi (1457), Pope Stephen VIII (900), Rodolfo Graziani (1882), Dionysius I of Syracuse (-430), Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1833), and Alphonsus Liguori (1696).


Among companions born in Italy, Caterina Sforza ranks 9Before her are Messalina (17), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Josephine of Leuchtenberg (1807), Poppaea Sabina (30), Julia the Elder (-39), and Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154). After her are Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Bianca Maria Sforza (1472), Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Maria Luisa of Savoy (1688), and Margherita of Savoy (1851).