[Caterina] strapped on her cuirass, one of the very few made for a woman in that age. It was as expertly crafted as her luxurious gowns had been in her youth; the steel was shaped to her curves and reinforced to prevent crushing or compressing her breasts. It was also streamlined so that she could wear it underneath her clothes. Tiny plates fit perfectly together to allow for a wide range of movement. The delicate floral pattern incised on the front was the only concession to ornament, and on the upper left plate Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Caterina’s patron saint, was etched into the steel.

— Elizabeth Lev, The Tigress of Forli, p. 217



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