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


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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