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The Medici — Contessina de' Medici, daughter of Lorenzo "il Magnifico" de' Medici

Contessina de' Medici
Contessina de' Medici, daughter of Lorenzo "il Magnifico" de' Medici

Her very affectionate father, Lorenzo il Magnifico de' Medici, wrote the following letter to her, when she was 10 years old: "Dear little Contessina, I am writing to tell you that, thank God, I am very well and have been getting better ever since I left. These regular baths are doing me a lot of good ... Be nice to Alfonsina [the wife of Contessina's eldest brother Piero] and keep her company; tell her from me to take great care of the baby [Cosimo], I hear that Monsignore [Contessina's brother Giovanni] and the other children have gone away. It is naughty of them to leave you alone, but I shall be back soon and stay with you and they can stay at the villa as long as they like. Spedaletto, July 31st, 1489." (in: Lacy Collison-Morley: The early Medici. London 1935, pp. 189-190)


Born:
16. January 1478

Deceased:
29. June 1515

Father:

Lorenzo "il Magnifico" de' Medici (1449-1492)


Mother:

Clarice Orsini (1453-1488), daughter of Jacopo Orsini of Monterotondo


Spouse:

Piero Ridolfi († 1525); marriage in the year 1493


Children:
  1. her daughter Emilia, who was married to Jacopo V. Appiani d'Aragona, the ruler of Piombino, on 22. August 1514
  2. her son Luigi, born on 28. August 1495, deceased on 18. May 1556
  3. her son Niccolò, born in the year 1501, deceased on 31. January 1550; Cardinal since 1517
  4. her son Lorenzo, born on 6. September 1503, deceased on 29. September 1576; he married Maria, a daughter of Filippo Strozzi († 1538) and Clarice de' Medici († 1528), in 1529
  5. bis 7.: three more children, who died shortly after birth or as infants