Saturday, July 11, 2020

Portuguese Kings--

Afonso I of Portugal
Rei de Portugal
Conde de Portucale

Mafalda of Savoy
Queen of Portugal
Husband of: Mafalda de Saboya (1125-1157), Queen of Portugal, mar 1146, daughter of Amédée III de Savoie & Mahaut d'Albon.

His lover was
1) Chamoa Gomez

2) Elvira Gálter
Sancho I of Portugal

King of Portugal

Dulce de Aragon
Queen of Portugal
Husband of Dulce de Aragon (1160-1198), mar 1174, daughter of Ramon Berenguer IV de Barcelona & Petronila de Aragon.

His lovers were
Señora de Villanova. 

Daughter of: Don Ayres Nuñez de Fornoles & Dona Mayor Perez. 

Wife of: Don Gil Vasquez de Soverosa 

Natural Offspring: 
a. Martim Sanches de Portugal (d.1260), Conde de Trastamara, married Eulalia Perez de Castro. 
b. Urraca Sanches 

2) Maria Paez de Ribeira, Senhora de Villa del Conde.

" . . . To his two illegitimate families, one consisting of two sons, the other of Maria Pais and her five children, he bequeathed sums of seven or eight thousand apiece, together with the tenancies of various castles and towns. . . ." (A History of Portugal: 108)
Afonso II of Portugal
King of Portugal
Urraca of Castile
Queen of Portugal
Husband of: Urraca de Castilla (1186-1220). 

His lover was

Also known as:
Mor Afonso.

Daughter of the Mozarab (Iberian Christians living under Muslim domination) governor of Faro, Aloandro Ben Bekar who was of Jewish descent from the House of King David. Their daughter Margarita married Jean II, count of Neufchâtel (1414-1489), and their issue propagated throughout Europe. 
Afonso III of Portugal 

King of Portugal
Son of: Afonso II de Portugal & Urraca de Castilla

Husband of: 

1. Mathilde II de Boulogne (1202-1262), mar 1235, div 1245/53
2. Brites de Castilla (1242-1308), mar 1254, natural daughter of Alfonso X de Castilla

His lovers were
1) Elvira Estevez. 

Natural offspring: 
a. Leonor Affonsa (d.1302)

2) Magdalena Gil Muniz. 

Natural offspring: 
a. Affonso de Portugal 
b. Martim Affonso Chicorro

3) Mariana Pirez de Enxara. 

Natural offspring: 
a. Fernando Affonso de Portugal 
b. Affonso Diniz de Portugal, Senhor de Pouca (d.1310) mar 1278 Maria Paes Ribeiro de Sousa, Senhorina de Sousa

4) Mourana Gib. 

"Charlotte was small and thin and has been described as having African features by contemporaries. Baron Stockmar, her physician, is recorded as saying that she had 'true mulatto features.' The new Queen had Moorish blood in her lineage, being descended a number of times from the thirteenth century monarch, Alfonso III of Portugal and his mistress, Mourana Gib, described as being an African." (English Monarchs)
Diniz I of Portugal
King of Portugal

His lovers were
1) Aldonça Rodrigues de Telha. 

2) Aldonça Sanchez de Sousa. 

3) Gracia Anes. 

4) Gracia Froes, Senhora de Ribeyra.

5) Maria Pires. 

6) Marinha Gomes. 
Pedro I of Portugal 

King of Portugal
Ines de Castro 
His lovers were:
1) Ines de Castro (1325-1355)
Lady-in-waiting to Queen Costanza.

Daughter of: Pedro Fernandes de Castro, Portuguese aristocrat. 

Ines de Castro's personal & family background.
"Inez de Castro, who was descended from the royal line of Castile, became the first mistress of Pedro, son of Alphonso IV, king of Portugal, and after the death of his wife Constance, in 1344, he married her...." (Hale: 89

2) Teresa Lourenco (1330-?). 

Also known as:
Tareija Lourenco.

" . . . The king employed all means to appease his son, and divert his thoughts from the murdered Inez. Her assassins he sent out of the country to secure them from future revenge, and trusted that the hapless wife was forgotten, when the widower formed an illicit connexion with a Galician lady named Theresa Lourenco. The lovers of romance maintain that Don Pedro took this mistress solely to avert his father's importunity for his marrying again. But without giving him perfect credit for a fidelity so strangely proved, his subsequent conduct showed that Inez was anything but forgotten." (Busk, 1833, p. 53)
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Fernando I of Portugal

King of Portugal

Leonor Telles de Meneses
Queen of Portugal
Husband of: Leonor Telles de Meneses (1340-1386), mar 1372, daughter of Martim Afonso Telo de Meneses & Aldonça Eanes de Vasconcelos.

" . . . King Ferdinand saw and fell passionately in love with Donna Leonor Telles de Menezes, daughter of a nobleman in the Tras-os-Montes, and wife of Joao Lourenco da Cunha, Lord of Pombeiro. This passion was the king's ruin, for the object of it was a sort of Portuguese Lucrezia Borgia, of whom horrible stories are told, which historical research has unfortunately shown to be only too well founded. At this very period, when she first met the king, she made no attempt to repulse his advances, though she was a married woman, and she bore an undying feeling of revenge against her sister, Donna Maria Telles, for her attempts to repulse the amorous monarch. In spite of her sister's efforts, Donna Leonor managed to captivate the king, who, in his infatuation for her, and in compliance with the dictates of her ambition, refused to marry the daughter of Henry II of Castile. . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 101)

The pope undertook to bring about a peace settlement, and in 1371 the Treaty of Alcoutim was signed, whereby Fernando agreed to marry a daughter of Enrique in exchange for extension of the Portuguese frontier to the east. In the meantime, he fell in love with Leonor Teles de Meneses, a Galician noblewoman who was not only already married but also thoroughly disliked by the Portuguese populace. In spite of delegations from Lisbon and ensuring riots demanding Fernando forsake Leoner, the couple fled to the north and were married. Thereafter, she wasted little time in taking reprisals against those who had objected to her." (The History of Portugal: 36)

The queen's wealth and power.
" . . . Her wealth was great, for the king had in his infatuation granted her for her own use the lordship of many of the most important cities belonging to the Crown, including Villa Vicosa, Abrantes, Almada, Cintra, Sacavem, Alemquer, Obidos, Torres Vedras, and Pinhel, and she had obtained great estates for her brothers, of whom the elder, Joao Affonso Telles de Menezes, became Count of Barcellos, and the younger, Gonçalo, Count of Neiva. Her former husband, Joao Lourenço da Cunha, tried to revenge himself for the loss of his wife by attempting to poison the king; she at once had his lands confiscated, and ordered his execution. which he only escaped by a timely flight into Gallicia (sic). . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 105)

Two-timing queen.
" . . . Donna Leonor had not even the merit of being constant to her luxurious spouse, but carried on an open intrigue with Joao Fernandes Andeiro, the former ambassador to England, whom she persuaded the king to make Count of Ourem. . . ." (The Story of Portugal: 105) 

His lover was
Unnamed mistress. 

Natural offspring: 
a. Isabel de Portugal, married Alfonso Enriquez de Castilla, Conde de Giron & Noroña
Joao I of Portugal 
King of Portugal
Husband of: Philippa of Lancaster

His lovers were
1) Elvira Gualtar. 

2) Inez Perez Esteves. 

3) Teresa Leonor Tavora e Lorena
Joao II of Portugal

King of Portugal
Joao II of Portugal 
His lovers were
1) Ana de Mendonca (1460-1542) 

Also known as:
Ana Hurtado de Mendoza
Ana de Mendoza 

"Prince Afonso was the only legitimate son that Joao II had by Queen Leonor but he had also fathered an illegitimate son, named Jorge, by his mistress Ana de Mendonca. Following the death of Prince Afonso, Joao II ordered that his illegitimate son Jorge be brought to the court with the clear intention of making him his heir. In the eyes of the Portuguese monarch, Jorge's illegitimacy was not an insurmountable obstacle... To strengthen the position of his bastard son, the young Jorge was made master of the powerful and wealthy military orders of Santiago and Avis in 1492; both pf these positions had previously been held by the defunct Prince Afonso.... (Soyer, 2007, p. 143

She was the daughter of a knight of Santiago named Furtado de Mendonca and of Leonor da Silva, a descendant of Afonso III of Portugal. 

2) Brites Anes. 
Joao V of Portugal 

King of Portugal
His lovers were:
Luisa Clara de Portugal (1712 - ?). Mistress of Joao V and mother of his daughter.
Luisa Clara de Portugal
1) Luisa Clara de Portugal (1712-?). 

2) Luisa Ines Antonia Machado Monteiro. 

3) Maddalena Maxima de Miranda. 

4) Paula Tereza da Silva
José I of Portugal 

King of Portugal

His lover was
Teresa Leonor Tavora e Lorena, Marqueza de Tavora (1723-?) 

Wife of: Luis Bernardo de Tavora (1723-1759) 4th Marques de Tavora mar 1742. 

" The Tavora affair was an eighteenth-century Portuguese power struggle between King Joseph I of Portugal, his prime minister, Sebastiao de Melo, and the country's nobility. The events followed a massive earthquake in Lisbon in November 1755, when the king and his family were forced into a community of barracks and tents following the destruction of the royal palace. The royal family was surrounded by their servants, advisers and nobility. The old aristocrats and the prime minister were arch-enemies and the king was in the middle of many of the disagreements. . . The king's favourite mistress was Teresa Leonor, wife of Luis Bernardo. He was heir of the powerful and influential Tavora family, well-connected and politically active. One night in September 1758, Joseph I was returning from an evening of fun and frolics with his mistress in a plain, unmarked carriage, when he was attacked by armed me and shot, but not fatally. The king and his driver made it back to the tented community. . . Two men were hanged for the attack on the king but de Melo claimed the men confessed that they had been following orders of the Tavora family. De Melo claimed that he had learnt how the Tavora family were planning to put the Duke of Aveiro on the throne. The Marchioness Leonor of Tavora, her husband and several generations of their extended family were thrown in jail. They were accused of being linked to the attempted regicide of King Joseph I. In 1759, most of the family were put to death, burnt at the stake or decapitated. Some were tortured publicly first by having their arms and legs broken. It was a screaming, bloody and cruel scene of suffering, witnessed by the king. Some reports suggest that his advisers and servants were horrified and mystified by the extremity of the executions. No doubt they were too scared to protest." (A History of Political Scandals: Sex, Sleaze & Spin: 107) 

" . . . One of these aristocratic factions was led by Dom José de Mascarenhas, Duke of Aveiro; another was headed by the Duke's brother-in-law, Dom Francisco de Assisi, Marquis of Távora. Távora’s wife, the Marchioness Dona Leonor, a leader of Portuguese society, was a fervent disciple and frequent visitor of Father Malagrida. Her oldest son, Dom Luís Bernardo, the 'younger Marquis' of Távora, was married to his own aunt. When Luis went off to India as a soldier, this lovely and beautiful 'younger Marchioness' became the mistress of Joseph I; this too the Aveiros and the Távoras never forgave. They heartily agreed with the Jesuits that should Pombal be removed the situation would be eased." (Rousseau and Revolution)

"In September 1758, there was an assassination attempt on King Joseph I. He received a wound in the arm as he was riding home from a liaison with his favorite mistress, Teresa Leonor, wife of Luis Bernardo, heir of the Tavora family. (Bauer, 2010, p. 110 
Leonor Telles de Menezes
Queen of Portugal 
Leonor Telles de Menezes (1340-1386) 
Queen Regent of Portugal, 1383-1385 

Daughter of: Martim Afonso Teles de Menezes. 

Wife of: 
1. Dom Joao Lourenco da Cunha 
2nd Senhor de Pombeiro 
2. Fernao I de Portugal mar 1371. 

Her lover was
The Death of the Conde de Andeiro
by Jose de Sousa Azevedo, c1860 
Joao Fernandes Andeiro2nd Conde de Ourem (1320-1383) 
Spanish aristocrat. 
Lover in 1383.

"Meanwhile, through the medium of Joao Fernandes Andeiro, a Galician knight, Fernando had been negotiating with John of Gaunt, who now laid claim to Castile, and concluded an Anglo-Portuguese alliance with his representative at Sao Salvador de Tagilde . . . in July 1372. This was ratified in London in June the following year... During these protracted negotiations, Andeiro had taken advantage of temporary propinquity to make the queen, Dona Leonor, his mistress. . . . " (Robertson: 56)

Personal and Family Background: " . . . Joao Lourenco da Cunha Martim, . . . was the first husband of Leonor Teles and...was forced into exile in the 1370s. Some indications relate him to the Infante Joao, the brother of the king and the son of Ines de Castro, in whose close circle he seems to have been. Joao Lourenco, with other members of the court, was accused by Fernando of attempting to poison him 'com peconha' following the marriage to Leonor Teles, and lost his possessions some years later, but it is impossible to put a precise date on these troubled events which suggest his connection to the royal court. In 1384, Joao Mourenco da Cunha was, according to Fernao Lopes, in the service of the rebel Master of Aviz at the order of the Infante Joao, his lord, and was accompanied by his son, Alvaro da Cunha (or Alvare de Sousa)." (Gomes: 100)

" . . . Among the Galicians, there is Joao Fernandes Andeiro, an adventurer and agent of Richard II of England during the 1370s who, in Portugal, became Count of Ourem and mordomo of the infante heir in the following decade. . . . " (Gomes: 122)

"Andeiro first appeared at court as proctor for John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, when, after his marriage to the heiress of the murdered Pedro of Castile, the Plantagenet prince assumed the style of King of Castile and Leon and started negotiating treaties with Portugal and Aragon. . . In Portugal Joao Fernandes Andeiro so improved on his position as English diplomat and the queen's bedfellow that before long he was managing not only the queen's affairs but the king's. Fernando's complacent cuckoldry rankled with his subjects, particularly with the energetic citizenry of the seaport towns. In defiance of scandal Fernando ennobled Andeiro and bestowed on him the rich county of Ourem. . . There was something strange about Fernando. It may be that he was impotent. Rumors began to fly about that the queen had a lover, another Galician, named Joao Fernandes Andeiro. Fernando ensconced Andeiro in one of the royal palaces. He was generally thought to be the father of the royal children." (The Portugal Story: Three Centuries of Exploration and Discovery)

"In economic matters Fernando was a farsighted administrator, but when he dealt with foreign affairs he became weirdly lightheaded. He fell under the spell of a Galician noblewoman named Leonor Telles de Meneses. To marry her he jilted a Castilian princess, thereby setting off a train of diplomatic and military reverses. . . There was something strange about Fernando. It may be that he was impotent. Rumors began to fly about that the queen had a lover, another Galician, named Joao Fernandes Andeiro. Fernando ensconced Andeiro in one of the royal palaces. He was generally thought to be the father of the royal children.(Dos Passos, n.p.) 

"Leonor's sister, Dona Maria Telles de Menezes, was a lady-in-waiting to the Infanta Beatrice, daughter of Peter I of Portugal and Inês de Castro. While visiting her sister Maria at court, Leonor had the privilege of attending Beatrice's marriage to Sancho, Count of Alburquerque. There, Leonor met Beatrice's elder half-brother, the Infante Ferdinand, heir to the Portuguese throne, who fell passionately in love with her and proceeded to seduce her, in spite of his promise to marry Eleanor, daughter of Henry II of Castile. Leonor did nothing to resist Ferdinand's advances and lashed out at her sister Maria for her attempts to prevent the affair from developing." (Wikipedia)

"On the death of the weak and unworthy Ferdinand who had rendered himself extremely unpopular by his marriage with a wicked and ambitious woman D. Leonore Telles de Menezes, whom he had compelled to be divorced from her husband Joao Lourenco da Cunha, great dissentions (sic) arose about the right of succession, as the Portuguese were unwilling to admit the claim of D. Brites, his only daughter, because she had married a foreign Prince, the King of Castile. The undisguised licentiousness of the Queen dowager and her paramour Joao Fernandes Andeiro, Conde de Ourem, created general disgust." (de Camoes: 431)

"Leonora, the infamous and adulterous spouse of Fernando, regarded all his brothers with suspicion and hatred, but more especially Don Joao, the Grand Master of Aviz, whose life she more than once ineffectually attempted. The others she succeeded in banishing from the court, whence they took refuge in Castile. To her other crimes she now added infidelity to her husband, her paramour being Fernando Andeiro, a Castillan subject, but a favourite of the king... He [Fernando] had at length become aware of the guilt of the infamous queen, but not having the courage to remove her paramour fromj the court, he called to his aid his illegitimate brother Joao, the Grand Master of Aviz, with whom he resolved upon Andeiro's death, but before this could be effected the king fell ill and died, on the 22nd of October, 1383. Leonora forthwith assumed the position of Regent. . . ." (Major: 7)

" . . . Juan Fernandez Andeiro had been kept hidden at the court at Estremoz by king Fernando for political reasons. Fernao Lopes related that there were suspicions of the relationship between queen Leonor and Andeiro, and that while Fernando was away there happened two events similar to those that occurred between Sir Gawain and the lady of Hautdesert in the third temptation scene while Bertilac is away. Only the order of events is rearranged, first Leonor gave Andeiro a veil, but in return he asked for a more intimate garment ('kept more about her person': a girdle) then she gave him a gold ring with a big red stone which she insisted was very costly. Andeiro was very reluctant to accept the ring, but she insisted on his taking it. Joao of Avis was a witness of this and regarded it as a very unseemly exchange. . . ." (The Ring and Girdle Scenario)

Affair's benefits.
"In Portugal Joao Fernandes Andeiro so improved on his position as English diplomat and the queen's bedfellow that before long he was managing not only the queen's affairs but the king's. Fernando's complacent cuckoldry rankled with his subjects, particularly with the energetic citizenry of the seaport towns. In defiance of scandal Fernando ennobled Andeiro and bestowed on him the rich county of Ourem." (The Portugal Story: Three Centuries of Exploration and Discovery)

Natural offspring.
"He [Fernando I] was handsome. He had mistresses. He chose as his queen Leonor Teles, a Spanish lady of lower degree than nobility; she was the mother of two children, but he boasted that he had found her a virgin. Although she had issue after their marriage, contemporaries believed that Fernando might not be the father of either of them or of his mistress's children. With great secrecy he had installed in one of his palaces a Spaniard, Joao Fernandes Andeiro, whom he used as a diplomatic agent to the English. But it was not secret that Andeiro cuckolded the King, and he was commonly supposed to be the father of Beatriz, the heir to the throne. The King ennobled Andeiro. For his diplomatic services?" (Prelude to Empire: Portugal Overseas Before Henry the Navigator: 63)
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Duarte of Portugal
King of Portugal

Husband of Leonor de Aragon (1402-1445), mar , daughter of Fernando I de Aragon & Leonor de Alburquerque
Manuel of Portugal

King of Portugal

Also known as:
Manuel de Braganca Saxe-Coburg & Gotha 

Son of: Carlos I de Portugal & Marie-Amelie d'Orleans. 
Manuel II of Portugal
@ Pinterest
Gaby Deslys
the Uncrowned Queen of Portugal
His lover was
Gaby Deslys (1881-1920). 
French dancer and actress. 
Lover in 1909-1912. 

Also known as:
born Hadwiga Nawrati 

Daughter of: Hippolyte M Victor Caire & Annie Eudoxie Terras. 
Getty Deslys
by Henry Guttman
@ Getty Images 
Gaby's brief bio.
"Gaby Deslys (4 November 1881 - 11 February 1920) was a dancer, singer, and actress of the early 20th century from Marseilles, France. She selected her name for her stage career. It is an abbreviation of Gabrielle of the Lilies. During the 1910s she was exceedingly popular worldwide, making $4,000 a week in the United States alone, During the 1910s she performed several times on Broadway, at the Winter Garden Theater, and performed in a show with a young Al Jolson. Her dancing was so popular that The Gaby Glide was named for her. Renowned for her beauty she was courted by several wealthy gentlemen including King Manuel II of Portugal. She eventually made the leap to silent films, making her only US film Her Triumph with Famous Players Lasky in 1815. She would make a handful of films in France before her death. In 1919 she contracted influenza and underwent several operations trying to cure a throat infection caused by the disease. She died from complications of her infection in Paris in 1920 at the age of 38." (Gaby Deslys @ LiquiSearch

First encounter.
"Deslys celebrity rose following newspaper stories which gossiped about King Manuel's infatuation with her. During a visit to Paris in July 1909, Deslys met the King and immediately began a relationship with him [6] that would last until the end of Manuel II's reign." (Wikipedia

"'I first met the king 15 months ago in Paris, where I was dancing. He was brought behind the scenes and introduced to me after the performance. It was love at first sight and I became his mistress. The love I bore him and the love he bore me justified it in our eyes. After that first meeting we met frequently. He came repeatedly to Paris to visit me. We were always happy together in those days." (Pittsburgh Press

No disgrace in being a royal mistress.
" . . . I know no disgrace in being the mistress of a king, but I would consider it everlasting disgrace to advertise our relationship, glorified as it was by a love which even court and conventionality could not throttle. . . Yes, I was Manuel's mistress,' she proudly told your correspondent. 'But I did not make capital out of my relations with Manuel. The fact is, I have kept a quiet reserve. Recently, in Paris, the Variety Theater offered me a huge salary to appear billed as Manuel's mistress. I refused indignantly. The same theater then produced a sketch wherein the king and myself were the two principal figures. I cannot be blamed for that. I never asked the papers to call me the 'uncrowned queen of Portugal.'" (The Pittsburgh Press

Anything but a discreet affair.
"It was thought that after this first meeting the King sent Deslys a pearl necklace worth $70,000. Their relationship was anything but discreet (she would arrive before night at the Palácio das Necessidades and would pass through Portugal unnoticed); abroad, meanwhile, they were on the front pages of newspapers in Europe and North America, especially after he was deposed in 1910. In public interviews, usually on trips, Deslys never negated the obvious, but always refused to comment on her relationship with the deposed King. After his exile, they would continue to meet, especially while she had stage engagements in London. When Deslys moved to New York, in the summer of 1911, their relationship cooled off; Deslys became involved with a fellow stage actor Harry Pilcer, and Manuel married in 1913. Despite this Deslys maintained her contacts with the ex-King's personal secretary, the Marquês of Lavradio." (Wikipedia)
Urraca de Portugal
Urraca de Portugal (1148-1211) 

Daughter of: Afonso I Henriques de Portugal & Matilda di Savoia

Her lover was
"The regency of Donna Theresa was marked by many struggles, the history of which it is now difficult to trace, but throughout them all, the growing unity of Portugal can be perceived. She took a keen interest in the politics of Gallicia, for she hoped to extend her frontiers to the north, and in 1116 she led her forces in person to the assistance of Diogo Gelmires, Bishop of Santiago da Campostella, and the Count de Trava, who had headed a rising, intended to depose Queen Urraca, and to place her young som Alfonso Raimundes at once upon the throne of Gallicia. In this war, Theresa took the towns of Tuy and Orense, and the warrior countess met, in the course of it for the first time, the young hidalgo, Don Fernando Peres de Trava, with whom she fell passionately in love, and whose history was for the future to be lined with hers In 1117 the Moors, under their caliph Ali in person, invaded her dominions, and besieged her in Coimbra, but she succeeded in beating them off, and spent the following years in peace and quiet, in the constant company of her lover, whom she made governor of Coimbra and Oporto, and Count of Trastamare (sic); while to his elder brother, Bermudo Peres de Trava, she gave the hand of her second daughter by Count Henry, the Donna Urraca, and the governorship of Viseu." (The Story of Portugal: 28) 
Marie-Francoise of Savoy
Queen of Portugal

Her lover was
Pedro II de Portugal 

"If both Nemours princesses seemed settled, problems emerged almost immediately in Lisbon, for within the year Alfonso VI proved himself so mentally unstable that he was placed under restraint, and power was vested in his younger brother, Pedro. A solution had to be found for the additional complication that Queen Maria Francisca Isabel and the new Prince-regent had become lovers. Their relationship, which infringed ecclesiastical law, needed regularisation to ensure legitimacy of amy child born to the union...." (Orr, 2004, p. 23)

[Fam1] [Gen1[Ref1:68

D. Manuel II @Bucaco

Dom Manuel II @Sylmpedia

Gaby Deslys @Gimrack Hospital: Where the Nurses are Pretty and the Doctors are Pissed

The Mistresses who would be Queen @The Historical Novel

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Rimini Lords--

Signore di Pesaro
Italian condottiero

His lover was:
Giovannina di Montebretto.

Also known as:
Giovannola di Montebretto.

" . . . There is first to be recalled the sorry record of Pandolfo Malatesta, elder son of Gustafamiglia and the friend of Petrarch, as a captain of the Visconti and then of Florence.  During 1356 and the first half of 1357 he was appointed Galeazzo Visconti's representative in Milan and commander in the war with Montferrat in 1356-57.  But an indecent intimacy with Bernabo Visconti's mistress, Giovannina Montebretto, brought his employment to an abrupt end. . . ."  (The Malatesta of Rimini and the Papal State: 84)

Podesta of Pesaro
Italian condottiero. 
His lover was
Giovannina di Montebretto. 

Also known as 
Giovannola di Montebretto

" . . . There is first to be recalled the sorry record of Pandolfo Malatesta, elder son of Gustafamiglia and the friend of Petrarch, as a captain of the Visconti and then of Florence. During 1356 and the first half of 1357 he was appointed Galeazzo Visconti's representative in Milan and commander in the war with Montferrat in 1356-57. But an indecent intimacy with Bernabo Visconti's mistress, Giovannina Montebretto, brought his employment to an abrupt end. . . ." (The Malatesta of Rimini and the Papal State: 84) 
Pandolfo III of Rimini
the Great

Signore di Imola e di Faenza
Italian condottiero

His lovers were:
1) Allegra de' Mori.

Natural offspring:
b. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta
c. Domenico Malatesta

2) Antonia Castellani.

Natural offspring:

4) Isabella
Pandolfo III of Rimini 

Signore di Bergamo
Italian condottiero & aristocrat. 
Son of: Galeotto I Malatesta 

His lovers were
1) Allegra de' Mori. 

Natural offspring
a. Galeotto Roberto Malatesta (1411-1432) 
b. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta 
c. Domenico Malatesta 

2) Antonia Castellani. 

3) Antonia da Barignano

Natural offspring: 
a. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

4) Isabella.
Sigismondo Pandolfo of Rimini
the Wolf of Rimini

 Signore di Rimini
Italian condottiero, poet 
& patron of the arts. 

Illegitimate son of: Pandolfo III Malatesta & Antonia da Barignani.
Ginevra d'Este
Husband of:
1. Ginevra d'Este (1419-1440), daughter of Niccolo III d'Este & Parisina Malatesta, mar 1434. 

2. Polissena Sforza (1428-1449), natural daughter of Francesco SforzaDuca di Milano & Giovanna d'Acquapendente, mar 1442 (1445, per other sources).

" . . . In 1445, Sigismondo was married to his second wife, Polissena Sforza (1448-1449), when he first noticed Isotta, who was only twelve years old. He fell madly in love, and she eventually returned his favors, with her father's consent. The mistress gradually takes center stage, as Sigismondo's wife Polissena, ignored and humiliated, retreats and eventually dies in 1449. At the time there was a strong speculation that Sigismondo had her murdered, but Polissena probably died of (the) plague, which was the officially reported cause. Sigismondo eventually married Isotta in 1453 or 1454." (Pagan Virtue in a Christian World)
Isotta degli Atti
4) Isotta degli' Atti (1433-1474) 
Lover in 1446-1456; mar 1456 
Regent of Rimini 1468-1469

Daughter of: Francesco degli Atti, Italian wool trader & banker. 

Natural Offspring
a. Giovanni (b/d 1447) 
b. Margherita Malatesta, married Carlo 
c. Sallustio Malatesta (1448-?) 
d. Valerio Malatesta (1453-?) 
e. Antonia Malatesta married in 1481 Rodolfo Gonzaga, Marchese di Castel Goffredo. 
f. Roberto Malatesta married Elisabetta da Montefeltro.

"Rimini---where the Emilian Way, just south of the Rubicon, reached its Adriatic end---entered violently into Renaissance history through its ruling family, the Malatestas---Evil Heads. They appear first toward the end of the tenth century as lieutenants of the Holy Roman Empire, governing the Marches of Ancona for Otto III. By playing Guelf and Ghibelline factions against each other, and making obeisance now to the emperor, now to the pope, they acquired actual, though not formal, sovereignty over Ancona, Rimini, and Cesena, and ruled them as despots acknowledging no morals except those of intrigue, treachery, and the sword. . . It was a Malatesta, Giovanni, who, in a monogamous moment, killed his wife Francesca da Rimini and his brother Paolo (1285). Carlo Malatesta established the repute of the family in the patronage of arts and letters. Sigismondo Malatesta carried the dynasty to its zenith of power, culture, and assassination. His many mistresses gave him several children, in some instances with disturbing simultaneity. He married thrice, and killed two wives on pretext of adultery. He was alleged to have made his daughter pregnant, to have attempted sodomy with his son, who repelled him with a drawn dagger, and to have wreaked his lust upon the corpse of a German lady who had preferred death to his embrace; however we have for these explouts only the word of his foes. To his final mistress, Isotta degli Atti, he gave unwonted devotion and ultimately and ultimately marriage; and after her death he set up in the church of San Francesco a monument marked Divae Isottae sacrum---'Sacred to the Divine Isotta.' He seems to have denied God and immortality; he thought it a merry prank to fill with ink the holy-water stoup of a church, and to watch the worshippers bespatter themselves as they entered.": (The Renaissance: A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304-1576 A.D.: 339)

"Following the accepted practice of the times, Sigismondo maintained several mistresses. One who bore him four children, Isotta degli Atti, was the love of his life. He lavished her with poetry and commissioned Leon Battista Alberti to build her tomb at Tempio Malatestiano while still married to his second wife. The Pope legitimized their children, and at some point they married, although the historical record is vague with no mention of a ceremony." (thiswritelife

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta di Rimini whom she bore four children: Giovanni (who died in infancy), Margherita - later wife of Carlo di Fortebraccio, Sallustio and Antonia (also called Anna) -later the first wife of Rodolfo Gonzaga, Lord of Castiglione delle Stiviere, who beheaded her in 1483 when she was discovered in adultery. 

" . . . He himself, not yet the impoverished and excommunicate rebel he was soon to become, might also now have improved his position by taking a wife from the neighbouring dynasty. Instead, discarding policy, he chose to marry his mistress, la Diva Isotta, for many years already his true consort and companion, dutifully commemorated by his court poets and artists, and stronger in command of his loyalty or passion than any reason of state." (Jones, 2005, p. 213

"Isotta was more than just a mistress to Sigismondo, she became an integral part of his life. She even joined him on the battlefield and when not together the two kept in constant correspondence. Isotta also continued to bear his children, although he did not officially marry her until 1457. Isotta may be most important for Sigismondo's legacy because she had begun the process of rebuilding a chapel in the church of San Francesco in 1447. . . ." (Zaho, 2004, p. 69

Isotta's Undiminished Influence.
" . . . Some years later Isotta, who never married any one else, had yielded to his pursuit, to the great indignation of her family, which, however, was of short duration, and in spite of the existing marriage with Policena, she was proclaimed and acknowledged in 1446 as the mistress of of the Prince of Rimini. Medals were struck in her honour; her name was sung throughout Italy; her brother was knighted son afterwards with great dignity, the Duke of Urbino buckling on his spurs... Isotta was the mother of several children, and she retained an undiminished influence over her lover, due probably to her remarkable tact, and to her toleration of his occasional excesses. . . ." (The Edinburgh Review, Vol. 157: 346) 
Mistress as Regent of the State.
" . . . It was not, however, until 1456, . . . six years after the death of his second wife, that Sigismond married Isotta, and fulfilled her hopes and desires. . . In 1460 the proceedings . . . were instituted against Malatesta in Rome. It was just before the crisis of his fate that Isotta, who had been the mistress of the triumphant condottiere, became the wife of a prince robbed of his dominions and threatened even in his life. She was then more devoted than ever to his cause for it was that of her husband and her children; and she showed in those stormy times an amount of courage and sagacity equal to the occasion. During the expedition of Sigismond to the Morea he left the Regency of Rimini to Isotta, under the protection of the Venetians, in who service he had gone abroad. . . ." (The Edinburgh Review, Vol. 157: 347)

" . . . Another remarkable instance is afforded by the plain-featured, unlettered but wily and womanly Isotta, the mistress of that truculent through cultivated tyrant, Sigismondo Malatesta. Isotta secured the lifelonf devotion of this prodigious ruffian, when most women would have met with a speedy and tragic fate. She wheedled, cajoled and tantalized the most difficult man in Italy into matrimony, and was entrusted with the government of a troublesome state when he was away at the wars. She was discontented with the position of mistress, though from Roman times, the concubine of a prince, at least, held no vey dishonourable or unenviable position among women. She had resisted the first advances of Sigismondo for some time, and now, in her turn, she had to beseech. Two years before she gained her point she indited (for she was unable to write with her own hand) a letter full of seeming timidity and humbleness, inspired, really, by daring; she mingles tenderness with scorn, she even ventures on satire, she does not withhold reproaches or disguise the anger of one who loves and is betrayed, but she astutely follows up the calculated outburst with soft weakness, deemed appropriate to her sex, and very effective with men, if judiciously displayed. . . ." (Woman in Italy: From the Introduction of the Chivalrous Service of Love to the Apperance of the Professional Actress)

His lovers were
1) Alba. 

2) Aritrea di Galeazzo Malatesta di Pesaro (1444-1501) 

" . . . This letter also displays her jealousy towards Aritrea di Galeazzo Malatesta (ca. 1444-1501), the daughter of Sigismondo's uncle, the Malatesta Lord of Pesaro, and his ward, for whom he showed much affection. Aritrea gave birth to Sigismondo's illegitimate daughter, Alessandra, in 1462, but the girl did not survive passed (sic) the age of six and Aritrea was married off to Andrea Dandolo." (Ladies, Concubines & Pseudo-wives: 44)

3) Gentile Ramessini 

4) Vannetta de' Toschi (1419-1475) 
Italian aristocrat & mistress. 

Daughter of: Galeotto Toschi, Italian jurist, Illegitimate son of: Pandolfo Malatesta III & Antonia da Barignani. 

Wife of: 
1. his niece and first cousin, Ginebra d'Este but killed her with poison served in an emerald cup; 

2 .Polissena Sforza, illegitimate daughter of Francesco Sforza. (thiswritelife). 

Natural Offspring:
a. Roberto (1441-?). 

" . . . One of the consequences of this domestic anarchy was the failure of regular succession, and the recurrence of abominable contests and crimes between the children of the same father. Thus Roberto il Magnifico, as he was termed, the son of Sigismond by Vanetta dei Toschi di Fano (born in 1442), succeeded in wrestling the principality of Rimini from the children of Isotta, and Sullustion and Valerio, her sons, were both successively assassinated by order of their brother in 1470, within two years of their father's death. . . ." (The Edinburgh Review, Vol. 157: 348)
Roberto Malatesta of Rimini
the Magnificent

Signore di Rimini
Signore di Cesena. 

"In many ways Roberto resembled Sigismondo. He was a greatly admired condottiere and earned the name Roberto the Magnificent. He was treacherous, lecherous and cruel. In the summer of 1470 three convenient deaths made Roberto's position as lord of Rimini more secure. The bodies of his two half-brothers, Sallustio and Valerio, were found in the streets. And in the great fortress-palace built by Sigismondo, Isotta degli Atti pined away and died of a wasting disease which looked remarkably like a poisoning. Roberto was wifely given credit for three murders." (Princes of the Renaissance)

His lover was
Elisabetta Aldobrandini da Ravenna. 
(Jones, p. 251)

Natural offspring:
b. Carlo Malatesta