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The story of the House of Sforza begins with the birth of a girl. With no sons, Filippo Maria Visconti, the Duke of Milan, raised his daughter, Bianca, as the Visconti heir. She was given a humanist education, became a keen hunter, and read extensively. Her gender made her an imperfect successor, but an excellent prospective wife. By marrying her to one of his condottieri, Visconti could ensure an allegiance that strengthened Milan’s position in Italian politics. After an eleven-year betrothal, dissolved at least twice, Visconti watched his only child marry Francesco Sforza, a mercenary general twenty-four years her senior.  Six years

In Phædo, in which he discusses the immortality of the soul, Plato says that philosophy is about nothing more than “being dead and dying.”  Death is the only thing guaranteed in our lives. It is the thing which unites us – regardless of race or gender, status or beliefs. Death is inevitable. From the second we are born, death appears by our side and remains with us until our final breath has been taken.  “All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike. All is ephemeral – both memory and the object of memory. The time is

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