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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 1,426,994 page views. Her biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Caterina Sforza is the 102nd most popular companion (up from 131st in 2019), the 527th most popular biography from Italy (up from 646th in 2019) and the 8th 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 102 out of 673Before her are Katharina von Bora, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Isabeau of Bavaria, Athaliah, Maria Luisa of Parma, and Anna Pavlovna of Russia. After her are Adelaide of Italy, Emma of Normandy, Julia Domna, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Pulcheria, and Julia the Elder.

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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, João da Nova, Shen Zhou, Adam Kraft, and John I, Count Palatine of Simmern.

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Among people born in Italy, Caterina Sforza ranks 527 out of 4,668Before her are Francis I of the Two Sicilies (1777), Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1290), Propertius (-50), Pope Stephen II (715), Anastasia of Sirmium (281), and Maria Luisa of Parma (1751). After her are Pope Telesphorus (100), Pope John III (520), Giorgio Napolitano (1925), Giuliano Gemma (1938), Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), and Filippino Lippi (1457).


Among companions born in Italy, Caterina Sforza ranks 8Before her are Messalina (17), Livia (-58), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Poppaea Sabina (30), Josephine of Leuchtenberg (1807), and Maria Luisa of Parma (1751). After her are Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Julia the Elder (-39), Bianca Maria Sforza (1472), Maria Luisa of Savoy (1688), Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154), and Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685).