Eleonora di Medici; Her father was Francesco I di Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. She was married to Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua.
medici family tree |Leonora di Toledo Medici. Daughter of Don Garzia di Toledo of Spain, brought up in the Medici household in Florence, then married to Pietro Medici. Murdered by her husband for infidelity. Pietro's sister was Isabella De Medici - this portrait is often mistaken for Isabella. See my pin "Murder of a Medici Princess" for their fascinating story.
U.S. London street scene, 1912. A newsboy holds a broadside reading, "Titanic Disaster Great Loss of Life."
Catherine II of Russia (1729-96); Empress of Russia (1762-96). Also known as Catherine the Great, she is the longest ruling female leader of Russia and presided over the empire during its largest expansion. Catherine also ushered in the Russian Enlightenment, was a correspondent of Voltaire and helped establish the first state-financed higher education institute for women in Europe. Having potentially murdered her husband, Catherine was often the target of cruel rumours regarding her sexuality.