E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Francesca da Rimini.
Daughter of Guido da Polenta, Lord of Ravenna. Her story is told in Dantes Inferno (canto v.). She was married to Lanciotto Malatesta, Lord of Rimini, but committed adultery with Paolo, her husbands brother. Both were put to death by him in 1389. Leigh Hunt has a poem, and Silvio Pellico a tragedy, on the subject.