Benedictine nuns victims of Black Death

The remains of several Benedictine nuns from the Sainte-Croix Abbey near Poitiers, France have shown evidence that the sisters died of the plague, probably while caring for other victims of the disease. Their deaths have been dated to the early 17th century.

One of the nuns is thought to have been the Abbess of Sainte-Croix, born Countess Charlotte Flandrina of Nassau, the fourth daughter of Prince William I of Orange, who became a nun and devoted her life to serving the poor.