"Se io potessi scrivere tutto, farei stupire il mondo."
"If I could write everything that happened, I would shock the world. ~⚜~
“But just as the May flowers bloomed, Caterina's health started to fail. This time she was gripped by a racking pain in her chest, called mal di costa, "rib sickness." The many years of malarial fever had given way to pleurisy and the membranes in her chest cavity were inflamed, making each breath and coughing fit excruciatingly painful.” By May 28, Caterina was transported from Castello to the Medici house on the Via Larga where she wrote her will. “Her first point was to commend her soul to the glory of Heaven, but for her earthly remains Caterina wanted no pomp and expense. Unlike Renaissance rulers who purchased elaborately carved marble coffins and bronze monuments, Caterina asked to be laid to rest without ceremony in the church of the convent of the Muratte. From her restored fortune, Caterina thanked her new city by leaving a bequest for the care of the Florentine cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and for the maintenance of the city walls. To her best friend and confessor, Don Fortunati, she allocated the task of organizing one thousand Masses for her soul to be said within two months, and asked the sisters of the convent of the Muratte to offer thirty Masses a year for her soul in perpetuity. She left four gold ducats a year to the convent for the lifetime of the abbess in thanks for this service. Savonarola had once told her that almsgiving was particularly pleasing to God, so she left a sizable donation to the Dominican convent of Santa Caterina across the street from where the great preacher had once lived.”
She continued by dividing properties and ensuring her children and grandchildren's future. To her maids and servants she gave dowries andnew positions.
A few hours after her will was written, Caterina died at the age of 46.
“Condolences poured in from all over Italy, from the broken-hearted laments of those who had long loved her, to fervent promises of prayers from the many priests and nuns who had benefited from her generosity.”
~ Quotes under "⚜" from The tigress of Forlì by Elizabeth Lev