Name: Margaret of Cortona
Birth & Death: 1247 - 22 February 1297
Feast Day: 22 February
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Margaret eloped with a nobleman as a teenager, becoming his mistress for 9 years and bearing a son. When her lover was murdered, she repented and sought to return to her father's house but was turned away by her stepmother. She and her son took refuge with Franciscan friars. Her son became a friar himself, and Margaret became a Franciscan tertiary and established a hospital.