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Cardinal Napoleone Orsini

Cardinal Napoleone Orsini

Male Abt 1263 - 1342  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name Napoleone Orsini 
    Title Cardinal 
    Born Abt 1263  Rome, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1342  Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Franciscan Church, Avignon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • NAPOLEONE ORSINI, son of Rinaldo, a brother of Pope Nicholas III, b. 1263; d. at Avignon, 24 March, 1342. In his youth he embraced the ecclesiastical state, was appointed papal chaplain by Honorius IV (1285-7), was created Cardinal Deacon of S. Adriano by Nicholas IV in May, 1288, and later, under Clement V was named archpriest of St. Peter's. Commissioned by Pope Boniface VIII, he brought Orvieto back to its submission to the Holy See, shortly after which the pope named him legate for Umbria, Spoleto, and the March of Ancona. In this capacity he left the Curia on 27 May, 1300, returning, however, on 28 May, 1301. During this time he had to combat various enemies of the Roman Church, and recovered the city of Gubbio for the pope. He was entrusted with his second papal legation by Clement V. Leaving Avignon, which was at that time the residence of the Curia, he set out on 8 March, 1306, for the Papal States with the commission to make peace between the parties which were everywhere at variance, and to bring back the various states of the Roman Church to their allegiance to the pope. This mission occupied more than three years, terminating on 12 June, 1309. Cardinal Napoleone played an important part during the political disturbances of the time. At first an opponent of the Colonna and their ambitions, he later became a promoter of French policy and entered into close relations with the French rulers. At the election of Clement V and John XXII he exercised a decisive influence, but subsequently became an enemy of the latter. He upheld the Franciscan Spirituals, and espoused the cause of King Louis of Bavaria against the pope. A cardinal for fifty-four years, he took part in the election of seven popes (Celestine V to Clement VI), on at least three of whom he placed the tiara. He is also known as an author, having written a biography of St. Clare of Montefalco. [1]
    Person ID I10900  Dickinson
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2014 

    Father Rinaldo Orsini 
    Relationship Birth 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1263 - Rome, Italy Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Mar 1342 - Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Link to Google Earth
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    Orsini, Cardinal Napoleone
    Orsini, Cardinal Napoleone
    Arms of Cardinals Orsini
    Arms of Cardinals Orsini
    Orsini Coat of Arms
    Orsini Coat of Arms

    How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S336459] Catholic Encyclopedia, (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1913), [Public Domain].