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(Vanozza) "Vannozza" Giovanna Vanozza de Candia, contessa dei Cattanei

Also Known As: "Violanta Vannozza de Candia"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Játiva, Comunidad Valenciana, España
Death: November 26, 1518 (76)
Roma, Lazio, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jacopo / Giacommo de Candia, conte dei Cattanei and Mencia Pinctoris
Wife of Guillen Ramon Lanzol y de Borja; Domenico Giannozzo, signore di Arignano; Antonio da Brescia; Giorgio della Croce and Carlo Canale
Partner of Pope Alexander VI Rodrigo de Borja y Borja, (Alejandro VI)
Mother of Juan de Borja, II. duque de Gandia; Cesare Borgia, duc de Valentinois; Lucrezia Borgia, duchessa di Ferrara, Modena e Reggio; Goffredo Borgia, I. principe di Squillace and Ottaviano della Croce

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About (Vanozza) "Vannozza" Giovanna Vanozza de Candia, contessa dei Cattanei

Vannozza dei Cattanei

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Vannozza dei Cattanei (Giovanna de Candia, contessa dei Cattanei) (13 July 1442 – 24 November 1518) was one of the many mistresses of Rodrigo Borgia. She gave birth to the Italian Borgia lineage while he was cardinal, future Pope Alexander VI (in violation of the celibacy vows the Pope takes), and among them, the one whose relationship lasted the longest. Her parents were Jacopo (Giacommo de Candia, conte dei Cattanei) of the House of Candia and Mencia Pinctoris.

Born in 1442 in Mantua to noble parents, she moved to Rome where she was landlord to several inns (Osterie), at first in Borgo, then in Campo de' Fiori. Before becoming Alexander's mistress, she had an alleged relationship with Cardinal Giulio della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II.

The connection with Alexander VI began in 1470, and she bore him four children whom he openly acknowledged as his own:

-1. Giovanni, afterwards duke of Gandia (born 1474);

-2. Cesare (born 1475);

-3. Lucrezia (born 1480);

-4. Gioffre (born 1481 or 1482) [1]

Before his elevation to the papacy, Alexander VI's passion for Vannozza somewhat diminished, and she subsequently led a very retired life.

Her place in his affections was filled by the beautiful Giulia Farnese, wife of an Orsini, but Alexander VI's love for his children by Vannozza remained as strong as ever and proved, indeed, the determining factor of his whole career. He lavished vast sums on them and lauded them with every honour.

She had four husbands.

-First she married Domenico d'Arignano.

-Her second husband was Antonio de Brescia.

-In 1480 she married Giorgio della Croce. She had a son named Ottaviano with him.

-When she became a widow she finally married Carlo Canale.

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Vannozza dei Cattanei (1)

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Last Edited=19 Jan 2009

    Vannozza dei Cattanei married Rodrigo Borgia. (1)
    Her married name became Borgia. (1)

Children of Vannozza dei Cattanei and Rodrigo Borgia

-1. Giovanni Borgia (1)

-2. Gioffre Borgia (1)

-3. Cesare Borgia (1) b. 1475, d. 1507

-4. Lucrezia Borgia+ (1) b. 18 Apr 1480, d. 24 Jun 1519

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(Vanozza) "Vannozza" Giovanna Vanozza de Candia, contessa dei Cattanei's Timeline

July 13, 1442
Játiva, Comunidad Valenciana, España
Age 31
Roma, Lazio, Italia
September 13, 1475
Age 33
Rome, Lazio, Italy
April 18, 1480
Age 37
Subiaco, Lazio, Italy
Age 38
Valencia, Italy
Age 39
November 26, 1518
Age 76
Roma, Lazio, Italy