Biography of sor Mariana Alcoforado (1640-1723)

Religious Portuguese Franciscan, known under the pseudonym of a religious Portuguese, which was born in Beja in 1640 and died in the same city in 1723. Married to an infante of Portugal, I widowed very young and retired to the Franciscan convent of the conception. He/She wrote, as it was believed until recently, passionate love letters, considered masterpieces of love literature, a French count, who would have published them under the title of Lettres portugaises (Portuguese letters). Letters were reprinted in numerous occasions, were translated into several languages, and his influence was such that developed a literary genre erotico-monacal; However, criticism today thinks that the full corpus is Gabriel Joseph de Lavergne, count de Guilleragues.