Jilted Wife's Ex Suffers Player's Regret
|Arms of Sforza -- what's with the dragon eating the kid?|
At sixteen, she married the forty year old Lord of Pesaro, Alessandro Sforza. Together, they represented two of the big names of Renaissance Italy and ought to have made a formidable pair. Sadly, Alessandro had a wandering eye. What's worse, his pecker followed. Since he already had two children by a his deceased wife Costanza di Varano, he found Serafina to be to be more hindrance than comfort. For political as well as personal reasons, he compelled his wife to become a nun.
|Loving the Lord and not missing Big Al|
Serafina joined the Poor Clares, Sisters of the Franciscan Order. This particular Order might seem especially difficult, since they take the vow of poverty so literally, especially since her cardinal uncle seems to have been more worldly than spiritual. Nonetheless, she blossomed in the convent, eventually attaining the rank of abbess.
In time, of course, Alessandro wanted her back. He could not get married again without her (divorce being forbidden by Mark 10:2-12) and adultery is just not the same if your wife is not at home. For her part, vows were vows -- she'd made two and she did not need to break either one as long as she lived.