Cleobulina Cotenna

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<br />Cleobulina Cotenna


Cleobulina Cotenna

Born in Lucca into a wealthy family with democratic views, together with her mother Gaetana and husband Gabriello Leonardi di Coreglia, an ardent liberal, Cleobulina Cotenna (1810 – 1874) converted her Monsanquilici house (Monte San Quirico) into a hospital for persecuted patriots (Guerrazzi, Montanelli, Medici, etc.). She faced police persecution and even prison with courage; she confronted with dignity the poverty which she and her family suffered as a result of providing aid to the needy of all social classes.