the name immortalised by Petrarch, was either the wife of
Hugues de Sade, of Avignon, or a fictitious name used by him on which
to hang incidents of his life and love. If the former, her maiden name
was Laura de Noves.
Beppo's wife. (See Beppo.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894