Maria do Céu (1658–1753)

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Maria do Céu (1658–1753)

Portuguese poet and abbess. Name variations: Maria do Ceu or Maria do Ceo; Sor Maria do Ceo del Cielo; Sor Maria del Cielo; (pseudonym) Sor Marina Clemencia. Born Sept 11, 1658, in Lisbon, Portugal; died 1753; dau. of Antonio d'Eça and Catherine de Távora (twin sister of Isabel da Silva).

At 18, entered the Franciscan convent of N.S. da Esperanza in Lisbon (June 27, 1676); was an abbess on 2 occasions; wrote poetry and prose, including Preciosa I (1731) and Enganos do Bosque, Desenganos do Rio (Errors of the Forest, Disillusionments of the River, 1741); also wrote 5 plays under the title Trionfo do Rosario (1740); often wrote in Spanish.