On March 17, 1541, a noblewoman of a certain age in widow’s weeds appeared before the door of the Convent of San Paolo in Orvieto, seeking refuge. According to Jacob Burckhardt, she was “the most famous woman” of sixteenth-century Italy.
ELISA LARDANI MARCHI
Michelle Arnold Paine
One Sunday morning in that first spring of 1998 I attended Mass at the Duomo, lingering afterwards to savor the heartfelt simplicity I had observed in the liturgy. A woman approached me. She said, “I saw you in the library last week and now I see you here, so I came to introduce myself.”