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The Sforza

The Sforza and the Aragonese

Muzio Attendolo Sforza

Francesco Sforza

Bianca Maria Visconti

Lodovico Maria il Moro Sforza

Galeazzo Maria Sforza

Ippolita Maria Sforza

Caterina Sforza

Gian Galeazzo II. Maria Sforza

Isabella of Aragon

Ferrante of Naples

Alfonso II. of Naples

Ferrandino of Naples

Ginevra Sforza


Born:

in 1440


Deceased on:

17. May 1507


Father:

Alessandro Sforza (1409-1473), youngest brother of Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan


Mother:

unknown


Half-siblings:
  • her half-sister Antonia (1445-1500), since 1460 married to Ottaviano, Count of Martinengo delle Palle († 1485)
  • her half-sister Battista (1446-1472), since 10. February 1460 married to Federigo da Montefeltro († 1482), Count and later Duke of Urbino
  • her half-brother Costanzo I. (1447-1483), Lord of Pesaro; two illegitimate sons: Giovanni (1466-1510) and Galeazzo (1470-1519)

Spouses:
  1. Sante Bentivoglio (1426-1463), Lord of Bologna; marriage on 8. March 1452
  2. Giovanni II. Bentivoglio (1443-1508), Lord of Bologna, son of Annibale I. Bentivoglio († 1445); marriage on 2. May 1464; apart from his children with Ginevra Sforza he had 7 illegitimate sons and 4 - 5 illegitimate daughters

Children:

from her first marriage to Sante Bentivoglio:

  1. her daughter Costanza (1458-1491); since 1473 married to Antonmaria Pico da Mirandola
  2. her son Ercole, born in 1459, he lived as a Condottiere
  3. and two further daughters who died, when they were still small children

from her second marriage to Giovanni II. Bentivoglio: she gave birth to 16 children, 11 of which reached adulthood:

  1. her daughter Bianca, married to Count Niccol๒ Rangoni of Spilamberto (Captain-General of the Bolognese troops)
  2. her daughter Francesca († 1504), her first husband was Galeotto Manfredi of Faenza, whom she murdered in 1488 (in this painting she is still depicted as a widow with a black veil); her second husband was Guido Torelli; her daughter Ippolita (1501-1521) from this marriage married in 1516 the court poet of Urbino, Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529)
  3. her son Annibale II. (1469-1540), since 1487 married to Lucrezia d'Este (1472-1518), an illegitimate daughter of Duke Ercole I. of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio
  4. her daughter Leonora, born in 1470, married to Ghiberto Pio of Carpi; her son Alessandro († 1518) married the beautiful Angela Borgia Lanzol
  5. her daughter Camilla, who had to spend her life as a nun
  6. her son Antongaleazzo (1472-1525), who became Protonotary in the Papal Chancery
  7. her daughter Violanta, married to Pandolfo Malatesta of Rimini
  8. her son Alessandro (1476-1532), Count of Campagna, married to Ippolita Sforza († 1520/21), a niece of Lodovico Maria il Moro Sforza, Duke of Milan
  9. her daughter Laura († 1523), since 1491 married to Giovanni Gonzaga (1474-1523), youngest brother of Margrave Gian Francesco II. Gonzaga of Mantua
  10. her son Ermes (1482-1513), married to Jacopa Orsini – he was said to be a cruel and violent man
  11. her daughter Isotta, who like her sister Camilla spent her life as a nun

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