Lucezia Borgia’s daughter, Leonora d’Este, was a princess, a nun, and a musician. Her mother died when she was just 4 years old, so Leonora was sent to a convent to be cared for. At age 8, she informed her father that she wanted to become a nun, and it was there she stayed, writing sacred music for the Convent choir.
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