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Bianca Gonzaga
Bianca Gonzaga (died 1499) was the Duchess of Mantua with Francesco II Gonzaga.

Biography

Bianca Gonzaga was the wife of Duke Francesco II Gonzaga of Mantua, and she began a love affair with Pope Alexander VI, who did not know of her status as a duchess. In 1495, she was presented to the Pope, alongside her husband, by Ludovico Sforza, and the Pope realized that he had been having sexual relations with a noblewoman. The two became lovers, but Gonzaga became mentally ill after she was forced to have an abortion in 1499. Pope Alexander decided to have her sent to a convent to become a nun, hoping that she would be cured of her illness, but she instead chose to kill herself.

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