Go to main contentGo to footer

Those who died by violence, but repentant: Pia de'Tolomei

Among the repentant who died by murder, there is also Pia de'Tolomei, defenestrated, according to tradition, by her husband, perhaps to punish her alleged infidelity or perhaps to be free to marry another woman as his second wife

"Ah, when thou hast returned unto the world,
And rested thee from thy long journeying,"
After the second followed the third spirit,
"Do thou remember me who am the Pia;
Siena made me, unmade me Maremma;
He knoweth it, who had encircled first,
Espousing me, my finger with his gem."

Purgatory, V, 130-36.

Video Stories

The Newsletter of the Uffizi Galleries

Subscribe to keep up to date!