Vannozza dei Cattanei

Vannozza dei Cattanei
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Born
Giovanna dei Cattanei

13 July 1442
Died24 November 1518(1518-11-24) (aged 76)
NationalityItalian
Partner(s)Pope Alexander VI
ChildrenCesare Borgia
Giovanni Borgia
Lucrezia Borgia
Gioffre Borgia
Ottavio di Croce

Giovanna dei Cattanei (13 July 1442 – 24 November 1518[1]), commonly known as Vannozza dei Cattanei, was an Italian woman who was the chief mistress of Cardinal Rodrigo de Borgia, later to become Pope Alexander VI. Amongst them all, her relationship with him lasted the longest.[2]

Early life

Born in 1442, most likely in Mantua,[3] Vannozza moved to Rome where she was landlady of several inns (Osterie),[4] at first in the Borgo, then in Campo de' Fiori. Before becoming Borgia's mistress, she allegedly had a relationship with Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II.[citation needed]

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