Catherina Sforza
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2x03 The Beautiful Deception episode still of Catherina Sforza
Season(s) 1, 2, 3
Portrayed by Gina McKee
First appearance The Moor
Latest appearance The Prince
Episode count 13
Status Alive, captured by Cesare Borgia
Full name Catherina Sforza Riario
Title Countess of Forli
Lady of Imola
Residence Forli, Italy
House House of Sforza
Parents Galeazzo Sforza (father)
Significant other(s) Cesare Borgia (ex-lover)
Children Benito Sforza (deceased)
Other relatives Ascanio Sforza (cousin)
Giovanni Sforza (cousin: deceased)
Ludovico Sforza (cousin: deceased)
"I bend my knee to no man, unless I choose to."
―Catherina Sforza[src]

Catherina Sforza Riario[1][2] is the cousin of Giovanni Sforza, Ascanio Sforza, and Ludovico Sforza. She is the mother of Benito Sforza.


The cunning head of the powerful Sforza clan of Milan, Catherina is one of the Pope's chief rivals for power on the Italian peninsula. Like the rest of the Sforzas, she refused to support the Pope against the impending invasion by the French.[3] Known for her military prowess, she roundly defeated Juan Borgia and the papal armies in their siege at Forli, her fortified castle.[4] Now bent on revenge, Catherina will stop at nothing in her desire to bring the Borgias down.[1]


Season one appearances
The Poisoned Chalice The Assassin The Moor
Lucrezia's Wedding The Borgias in Love The French King
Death, on a Pale Horse The Art of War Nessuno (Nobody)
Season two appearances
The Borgia Bull Paolo The Beautiful Deception Stray Dogs The Choice
Day of Ashes The Siege at Forli Truth and Lies World of Wonders The Confession
Season three appearances
The Face of Death The Purge Siblings The Banquet of Chestnuts The Wolf and the Lamb
Relics Lucrezia's Gambit Tears of Blood The Gunpowder Plot The Prince


Every photo of Catherina Sforza on this wiki can be seen here.

Family treeEdit

Galeazzo Sforza
Catherina Sforza
Benito Sforza
? - 1499

Historical notesEdit

  • Caterina's eldest son's name was Ottaviano, not Benito. None of her sons were named Benito.[5]
  • The incident of Caterina's eldest son being held hostage occurred in 1488 after the murder of her first husband, Giralomo Riario. Eye witness accounts differ as to whether or not she hiked her skirt, showing her genitals and saying she could always make more kids.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. "Siblings"
  3. "Death, on a Pale Horse"
  4. "The Siege at Forli"
  5. 5.0 5.1

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