Medici, Isabella de (1542–1576) Isabella, Orsini's wife was murdered, hung in the bedroom.
Castello Orsini-Odescalchi is a castle in Bracciano, Lazio, Italy. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano. It was built in the 15th century, and combines the functions of a military defence structure and a civilian residence of the feudal lords of the period, the Orsini and Borgia, both papal families.
Isabella dè Medici- Isabella Romola de' Medici (31 August 1542 - 16 July 1576) was the daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany.
In 1558, 16-year-old Isabella de Medici married Paolo Giordano Orsini, prince of Bracciano, the most powerful prince in Rome. Orsini, corrupted by his enormous power and spurred on by his lover, decided to kill his wife Isabella and Vittoria's husband Francesco Peretti in order to wed Vittoria. Isabella, aware she was in danger, wrote to Catherine de Medici in France, requesting asylum. Catherine agreed and hastened to make arrangements, but she would be too late. On July 16, 1576, after her husband had unexpectedly arrived in Florence, Isabella accompanied him at his request to their villa of Cerreto Guidi, near Empoli. On the way, Isabella once more confessed her misgivings, this time to her traveling companion, Lucrezia Frescobaldi.
In one historian's version, Orsini had made elaborate preparations for what would follow. A hole had been cut into the ceiling above the bedroom chamber where four men were stationed; a noose had been fed down through the hole and dangled behind a window curtain.
That night as Orsini and his wife Isabella retired to the darkened room, he slipped the noose around her neck while kissing her, and, after a violent struggle, she was strangled. Orsini claimed that she had died of apoplexy while "bathing her head," then sent his soldiers to the Villa Negroni in Rome where they killed Francesco Peretti.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married at the castle.
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