The House of Este’s dynasty began in the 13th century when Obizzo II became a lord to Ferrara. He overcame differences with the papacy and gained power, managed to keep leadership within the House and eventually, his ancestors expanded their control over the papacy by way of Pope Paul II. Beatrice d’Este’s father, Ercole...
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...with bias towards women. There are primary sources in the form of letters to and from Beatrice d’Este and family members.
Patterson Meyer, Edith. First lady of the Renaissance : a biography of Isabella d'Este. Boston: Little, Brown, 1970.
A biography of Isabella d’Este, Beatrice’s older sister. Her interactions with the Pope are described in detail. Also, Beatrice is described as vivacious, and her relationship with Isabella is described as a political entity that would serve both cities well. I will use that claim as support that family was second and politics were first as it was the family name that was most important. Also will help with my argument that the d’Este parents focused more on Isabella than Beatrice because Beatrice’s future was described as “troublesome” while Isabella’s was “happy”. Includes primary sources as letters, to Ludovico Sforza.
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