Unlike most educated women of her time, for whom convents were the primary source for knowledge, her education came from within the sphere of intellectuals in the court and close relatives, and it included a solid grounding in the Humanities , which the Catholic Church was reviving at the time. She was a thoroughly accomplished princess, fluent in Spanish , Catalan , Italian , and French , which prepared her for advantageous marriage to any European monarch or prince, and literate in both Latin and Greek. She would also become proficient in the lute, poetry, and oration. The biggest testament to her intelligence is her capability in administration, as later on in life she took care of Vatican City correspondence and governance of Ferrara. He married Lucrezia on 12 June in Rome. The Pope needed new, more advantageous political alliances, so he might have covertly ordered the execution of Giovanni: the generally accepted version is that Lucrezia was informed of this by her brother Cesare , and she warned her husband, who fled Rome.
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Her father, Gerolamo Vittorio Villavecchia, was a professor of chemistry, and came from an aristocratic Piedmontese family, while her mother, Felicita Bellucci, came from Umbria. She had three younger siblings, a brother Leo and a sister, Gianna. Especially welcomed was her focus on women in the Renaissance and their interactions with power. For the first time, in the compendium Tu vipera gentile, she introduced fictional characters in order to propel the historical narrative.
Along with her husband and Guido Alberti , she established the literary Premio Strega in She recounted its history in her book Come un racconto. Gli anni del Premio Strega. She was a columnist in periodicals such as Il punto —64 , and Il Messaggero Many of these articles were compiled and republished in Pubblici segreti two volumes, and Her collection of articles on Italian cities were republished posthumously in Segni sul muro Signs on the wall, She was posthumously awarded the Strega prize in for Rinascimento privato.
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