19 maio 2017

How To Marry A Grand Duke

Grand Duke Francesco I of Tuscany (1541-1587) promised his clever mistress, Bianca Cappello, that he would marry her—but only if she bore him a son. That was a problem because Bianca was barren. She found a way, though. Bianca simply pretended to be pregnant for nine months! She then adopted the newborn son of an unmarried girl, smuggled the infant into her bedroom, and secured the crown.

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