A troubled love, but with a positive ending, is that between Angelica Malaspina of the Marquisate of Bastia and Giulio de 'Medici, son of Alessandro il Moro. They met in Pisa where, following their secret meetings, their son Cosimo was born. Despite their deep bond, the love between the two was strongly opposed throughout their lives: Giulio married another woman, the Medici family accused Angelica of bad conduct and the woman retired to the convent where she was forced to take her religious vows.
Her faith in her beloved and her far-sightedness convinced her fellow nuns to sign a declaration in which Angelica denounced becoming a nun and provided for the dissolution of her vows as Giulio had asked for her hand in marriage. Finally, in 1583 she was freed following a trial presided over by the Bishop of Massa, and she reached Pisa where she was welcomed by her fiancé.