Maria Salviati (July 17, 1499 – December 29, 1543) was an Italian noblewoman, the daughter of Lucrezia di Lorenzo de' Medici and Jacopo Salviati. She married Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and was the mother of Cosimo I de Medici. Her husband died November 30, 1526, leaving her a widow at the age of 27. Salviati never remarried; after her husband's death she adopted the somber garb of a novice, which is how she is remembered today as numerous late portraits show her attired in black and white.
Matilda of Canossa was an Italian noblewoman, the principal Italian supporter of Pope Gregory VII during the Investiture Controversy. She is one of the few medieval women to be remembered for her military accomplishments. She is sometimes called la Gran Contessa.
Charles Brandon,1st. Duke of Suffolk was the son of William Brandon, standard-bearer of Henry VII., who was slain by Richard III. on Bosworth Field. Charles Brandon was brought up at the court of Henry VII., companion of young Prince Henry. Brandon, as all good Tudorites know, married Henry the VIII.'s younger sister, Mary, when she was widowed after her brief marriage to Louis XII. of France. This man remained a friend and confidant of Henry VIII., all his life, proving Charles remarkable.