Caterina Giovanni di Gilead
|Known As:||Caterina Giovanni di Gilead|
|Registered Name:||Caterina Giovanni|
|Past Groups:||Shire of Arenal, Kingdom of Meridies|
|Device Registered?||Yes: Quarterly argent and vert, in bend two paw prints within a bordure sable.|
|OP Listing:||Caterina Giovanni|
Caterina Giovanni, originally Caterina Moncada, was also born in 1524 in Sicilia. Although Caterina's family had been of Nobel decent, Sicilia was a colonial holding of Spain and brutally governed by a greedy upper-class during the 16th century. A decade prior to her birth her family was stripped of many of it's titles and most of it's estates. Wishing to escape the oppression of the Spanish, Caterina fled at age 20 to Rome. Eventually, meeting her Husband Orlando.
Orlando Giovanni di' Gilead was born the son of a vineyard farmer in the Republic of Florence in the year 1524. The first 18 years of his life were somewhat uneventful but by 1542 most of the northern Italian states were being threatened by the British, Spanish and French bids to control Lombardy, Venice and most of the northern peninsula. In 1543 at the age of 19 Orlando joined the Spanish Imperial forces to repel the French under the Italian commander Prince Ferdinando Sanseverino. He saw his first action in the Battle of Ceresole, helping successfully repel the French before reaching Lombardi.
Later, Orlando returned to Florence, now the capital city of the Dutchy of Tuscany. Having no interest in vineyards or farming, Orlando traveled to Rome. In Rome, Orlando sought and found a mentor in Maestro Camillo Agrippa, a master of both the sword and the sciences. In Rome, he also met his soon to be wife, Lady Caterina.
- Middle Eastern Dance
- Scribal Arts / Illumination
- Siege Weapons
- Combat & Target Archery
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- Prior Middle Eastern Dance Champion of House Wolfstar
- Prior Middle Eastern Dance Champion of the Barony of Wiesenfeuer