WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHINDGiulia Farnese

Giulia Farnese was mistress to Pope Alexander VI. She was known as Giulia la bella, meaning “Julia the beautiful” in Italian. Lorenzo Pucci described her as “most lovely to behold. Through her intimacy with the Pope, Giulia was able to get her brother Alessandro created Cardinal. Giulia was captured by the French army, who demanded from the Pope, and received, a ransom of 3,000 scudi for her safe conduct to Rome.

WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHIND Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. She assumed the title of Queen of France and of Navarre when her husband, Louis XVI of France, ascended the throne. After seven years of marriage, she gave birth to a daughter, Marie-Thérèse Charlotte, the first of four children. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her, accusing “L’Autrichienne” (meaning the Austrian (woman) of being profligate, promiscuous and of harboring sympathies for France’s enemies, particularly Austria, her country of origin. She later became known as Madame Déficit because of her lavish spendings during famine times. In 1789 The French Revolution began.There was rioting and the the masses began storming the palace. Marie Antoinette became the target of revolutionaries. After plotting with her brother Leopold II of Austria for military aid in fighting off the revolutionaries, Marie, Louis XVI and her children fled Paris only to be caught by a Parisian and sent back to Paris under guard. She negotiated secretly with monarchist factions and her brother, Emperor Leopold II to save the monarchy. News of her plotting and scheming enraged the French and when Austria went to war with France, in 1792, the royal family were charged with treason, ending the monarchy. Louis was charged with treason, sentenced to death and executed in 1793. On October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette was tried for treason. Palace servants who wanted to get even with her provided false testimony in the trial. After only 1 hour, the jury sentenced her to death.

WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHIND Isabella I of Castille

Isabella I, also known as Isabella the Catholic, was queen of Castile and León. She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, brought stability to the kingdoms that became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella is known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus’ voyage that led to the opening of the “New World”. She was granted the title Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 1974.

WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHIND Caterina Sforza

Caterina Sforza, Countess of Forlì was an Italian noblewoman. Raised in the refined Milanese court, Caterina later held the titles of Lady of Imola and Countess of Forlì, by her marriage to Girolamo Riario. She was also the Regent for her first-born son, Ottaviano. The descendant of a dynasty of noted condottieri, Caterina, from an early age, distinguished herself by 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 that were a distinguishing feature of 15th century Italy. In her private life Caterina was devoted to various activities, among which were experiments in alchemy and a love of hunting and dancing. She had a large number of children, of whom only the youngest, Giovanni, inherited the forceful, militant character of his mother. Following her resistance to Cesare Borgia, she had to face his fury and he took her prisoner. Upon regaining her liberty following her imprisonment in Rome, she led a quiet life in Florence. In the final years of her life, she confided to a monk: “If I were to write the story of my life, I would shock the world.”

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WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHIND Anne Boleyn


Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Anne was initially appointed lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s wife Catherine. Her striking looks and sophisticated manners charmed Henry who had by then grown tired of his wife, as she had failed to produce a male heir and decided to pursue Anne instead. Although she resisted Henry VIII’s advances, by 1533 Anne was pregnant with her first child. Henry broke from Catholic church by marrying Anne in a secret ceremony in January 1533. Two more pregnancies ended in miscarriage, in the summer of 1534 and in January 1536. When Henry discovered the second baby had been a boy, he became convinced the marriage was cursed. Henry was still desperate for a male heir and he blamed Anne for this misfortune. On 2 May 1536 Anne was arrested on charges of adultery with five men including her own brother, Lord George Rochford. On 19th May Anne was led from her quarters to Tower Green where, spared the axe, she was granted the ‘mercy’ of beheading by a French swordsman. Anne was the first English queen to be publicly executed.

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Do you think directors get sad when they realize they will never make a more perfect action sequence than the castle siege set to “I Need A Hero” from Shrek 2?

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