Royalty. Born the eldest daughter of Galezzo Maria Sforza and his second wife Bona of Savoy in Milan. Two years old she was married to her cousin Filiberto I of Savoy, who died in 1482. During her absence her father had been assassinated and her uncle Ludovico Maria, called "il Moro", had ousted her mother as regent and her brother as duke. At her uncles court she was allowed to indulge her own interests and did not receive much of an education. She married the widowed King Maximilian I in 1493 by proxy. As he was always in need of money and was hence more interested in her dowry, which consisted of 400.000 ducats in coins and the same amount in jewels, than in her. In exchange Ludovico had his title as Duke of Milan confirmed by Maximilian. The marriage was consummated in March 1494 but she was found lacking by her husband. Maximilian complained that, although she was as beautiful as his first wife she did not have her intelligence. The gap between them grew and after 1500 he lost all interest in her. He did not come to her funeral and had no tombstone erected in her memory. Her bronze statue is one of 28 on Maximilians cenotaph in the Hofkirche in Innsbruck that was finished in 1584.
Bio by: Lutetia