Alicia, or Adelasa, was the Dogaressa of Venice by marriage to the Doge Domenico Michele (r. 1117-1130) and the mother of the Doge Vital II Michele. She was politically active during the reign of her spouse, continued to be a part of the political life after his abdication in 1130, and successfully worked for Vital II Micheles election as Doge.
Donna Alicia are described as a politically active dogaressa and are said to have been the partner of Doge Domenico in his projects and ambitions. As dogaressa, she encouraged guilds, crafts and art, protected charity organisations and received ambassadors. When her spouse abdicated and entered a convent in 1130, she made a scandal by refusing to become a nun. She remained active in the political life and are said to have acted as a political adviser to several power holders in the city. She used her connections to have Vital II Michele elected Doge, a goal she succeed with in 1156.
- Staley, Edgcumbe: The dogaressas of Venice : The wifes of the doges. London : T. W. Laurie
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