Allesandro de'Medici : Birth: 1511. Death: 1537
Note: Pope Clement VII 1523-34; Ruler of Florence 1519-23
From: The Medici of Florence, by Emma Micheletti:
Clement VII: Giulio, the son of Giuliano who was killed in the Pazzi conspiracy, was brought up with his cousins by Lorenzo (oldest brother of his deceased father) en Clarissa Orsini. There is some doubt over the identity of his mother. She may have been Fioretta Gorini, though nothing much is knwon about her and Giuliano had several mistresses at the time.
Alessandro (son of Clement VII):
It was said that Alessandros mother was a negress or mulatto, a supposition borne out by the somewhat negroid features of the young Alessandro which gave him his nickname the Moor. It is probable that his mother was an oridnary peasant woman from the area around Rieta named Simonetta, who was
in the service of Alfonsina Orsini (married to Piero de Medici) during the long period that she lived in Rome. Subsequently she married and finding herself in abject poverty, she wrote a pathetic letter to Alessandro, signing herself "your dear mother Simonetta". But the young ruler of Florence, perhaps ashamed of his origins, did not lift a finger to help her.
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