Born in 1388 in Florence, Francesca enjoyed tormenting young Cosimo di Medici in school. She encouraged classmates to sing songs about his obesity and the size of his nose until he ran home crying most days. Through his tears of rage, he vowed to one day be so respected that none would dare to mock him, and thirty years later he had built the Medici Bank into an international institution. At a class reunion Francesca greeted him warmly: "Cosimo, darling, you've lost so much weight! Look, everybody, big-nose is here..."
Award of Arms
Order of the Argent Lamp (Osprey) Order of the Guiding Hand
Order of the Sable Pillar (Osprey)