Network visualization is a tool that is taking the history world by storm. It allows the researcher to see new patterns and connections that would otherwise go unseen.
Below is the interactive visualization graph of Catherine’s network, created by synthesizing numerous sources. A network is composed of nodes and edges. Nodes are the actors; in this graph, the nodes are the circles, one for each person in Catherine’s network. Edges are what connect nodes. This interactive map uses both edges and nodes to display Catherine’s network.
This network represents Catherine's network as she connected with the individuals. The purpose is to showcase who she met and how she met them. Over her lifetime, her companions all became connected and some developed deep relationships. This graph is meant to showcase how each individual was connected to others before the companions started to blend together into one cohesive group.
Play with the map! Hover your mouse over the nodes and see easily who was connected to whom. Want more information? Click on the nodes to see a sidebar appear with additional information on the individual. For each node, a URL is attached that will direct you to a page describing who that person is and (sometimes) analyzing the person’s relationship with Catherine.
The green nodes indicate a female, the purple nodes indicate a male, the blue nodes indicate governmental bodies, and the dark green nodes indicate a religious order.
Feel free to play with the map, zoom in, make your own observations, see my initial observations below the graph, and embrace the world of Catherine!
Based on the above graph, I came up with these observations of Catherine's network. I did this by playing with the graph, highlighting individuals to see who they were connected with, making note of nodes I expected to be large, and those I expected to be small. This led to some interesting conclusions that did not always follow what I thought I would find.
Within the network are ‘groups’ of individuals that all center around a town. Naturally, all the Florentines are connected to the Florentines and the Sienese know the Sienese, but interestingly, these groups do not connect with each other. They remain separated, with limited connections to each other. Evidence after Catherine’s death suggests that these groups never integrated completely as the men do not interact with one another.