Beatrice, Duchess of Bruenze

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Beatrice, Duchess of Bruenza (1527- 1589)
First daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Scovelica, she was known as much for her lavish finery as the powerful ancestors she came from. Where her parents had been reluctant about their duties, Beatrice was haughty, imperious, and had political aspirations. Marrying the Duke of Bruenza in 1550, motherhood softened political hopes into that of becoming a playwright. When her first play resulted in oceans of angry spitting from the audience, she settled for being a curtain puller.

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