17th Century

May 30, 1601 or 1609, Lisbon, Portugal. Birth name: Violante Montesino.

January 28, 1693, Convento de Nossa Senhora da Rosa, Lisbon, Portugal.

Violante was the daughter of Manoel da Silveira Montesino and Helena of Avila. In 1630, she became a nun and entered the convent of Nossa Senhora da Rosa in Lisbon.

She is remembered for her baroque poetry, and has been called the Tenth Muse of Portugal. In 1949, the Lisbon Municipal Council honored her by giving her name to a street near Avenida da Igreja in Alvalade.

  1. While to Bethlehem We Are Going

where to get Violante’s picture