Marguerite of Cortona, Tuscany – visit while stay in La Mucchia casa vacanze

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Known as ‘Santa Margherita da Cortona’, in fact, born in 1247 into a poor family of Laviano, near Castiglione del Lago ,soon she lost her mother, had a bad relationship with her stepmother. Known for its extraordinary beauty, at seventeen she fled with a young nobleman. For nine years she lived in his castle at Montepulciano, and had a son. We do not know if they had married despite the conventions adverse union between so different classes , or whether, as tradition, Margaret has lived in sin with her lover. What is certain that following the tragic death of Margaret’s husband, began a life of great austerity and penance. Settled in Cortona, and became a Franciscan tertiary, never abandoned the child, but took care of him making him settle at Arezzo. Unconventional and courageous woman of incomparable charm and inner strength, Margaret, built a hospital, she formed a congregation called The Tertiary Poverelle, got repeatedly peace for the city and, according to a charming tradition, comforted and inspired Dante himself. In 1288 she moved to the dilapidated church of St. Basil, in the highest part of the city, which was rebuilt. She spent her last years there and died on 22 February 1297. In the second half of the church was completely rebuilt in Gothic style and dedicated to her incorrupt body still lies in the Holy silver urn on the altar. Although venerated as Blessed since the death (her first biography was compiled from her confessor, Fra ‘Junta Bevagna), Margaret was not canonized until 1728. E ‘patroness of Cortona and her feast we celebrated on 22 February, but is also commemorated in May.

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