WOMEN WHO WERE GREATER THAN THE MEN THEY STOOD BEHIND ♛ Giulia Farnese
Giulia Farnese was mistress to Pope Alexander VI. She was known as Giulia la bella, meaning “Julia the beautiful” in Italian. Lorenzo Pucci described her as “most lovely to behold. Through her intimacy with the Pope, Giulia was able to get her brother Alessandro created Cardinal. Giulia was captured by the French army, who demanded from the Pope, and received, a ransom of 3,000 scudi for her safe conduct to Rome.