Please don't call me Giovanna
But back to Catherine. She was not average, even as a little girl. To begin with, she was the twenty-third of twenty-five children born to Lapa Paigenti and her husband, Giacomo di Benincasa. I figure she was twenty-third and her twin sister Giovanna was twenty-fourth because Lapa nursed her and Giovanna got the wetnurse. Giovanna didn't make it, but neither did eleven of the previous kids. A twenty-fifth, also named Giovanna, was born later and also died young.