The Baptism of Christ, panel painting by Piero della Francesca, elipsis
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Francesca is an Italian female given name, derived from the Latin male name Franciscus meaning 'free'. It is widely used in most romance languages, including Italian, French and Catalan, and etymologists are unsure as to the place of its origin. It is derived from the same source as the female name Frances, and the male names Francesc, Francesco and Francis.
There Was a Lot to Be Proud about and an Awful Lot to Be Sad about, but Now We Want to Put the Bitterness Behind Us; AS HIS WIDOW LADY SAM PLANS TO PUBLISH SIR NICHOLAS FAIRBAIRN'S MEMOIRS
Aug 14, 1999; Byline: LAURA COLLINS TERRIBLY plain and absolutely charmless. That i s how her stepmother Lady Suzanne 'Sam' Fairbairn once...