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Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini

Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini[1, 2]

Male Abt 1285 - 1335  (~ 50 years)

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  • Name Giovanni Gaetano Orsini 
    Title Cardinal 
    Born Abt 1285  Rome, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Pastor 17 Dec 1316 
    Created cardinal deacon of St. Teodoro  
    Died 27 Aug 1335  Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • GIAN GAETANO ORSINI, prothonotary Apostolic, raised to the cardinalate by Pope John XXII in December, 1316; d. 1339 (or, according to some sources, 27 August, 1335). In 1326 he was sent to Italy as papal legate for certain lands belonging to the Papal States, and remained there until 1334. He endeavoured, though with little success, to bring back several rebellious states and vassals to their allegiance to the Apostolic See, excommunicated the obstinate Castruccio of Lucca and Bishop Guido Tarlato of Arezzo, as both supported the Visconti of Milan in their conflict against the pope, and, after the coronation of King Louis the Bavarian in Rome in 1327, placed that city under an interdict. After the departure of the excommunicated emperor, the legate entered Rome with the army of King Robert of Naples, whereupon the people once more agreed to recognize the suzerainty of the pope. John XXII, however, refused to sanction the war undertaken by the cardinal legate against the Colonna, and ordered him to return to Tuscany. In November, 1328, he opened a campaign against the cities of Corneto and Viterbo, which submitted to the pope in the following year. The years between 1334 and his death he passed in Avignon. [2]
    Person ID I10904  Dickinson
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2014 

    Father Matteo Rosso Orsini 
    Relationship Birth 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1285 - Rome, Italy Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Aug 1335 - Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Orsini Coat of Arms
    Orsini Coat of Arms
    Arms of Cardinals Orsini
    Arms of Cardinals Orsini

    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. [S336461] The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Salvador Miranda, (Miami: Florida International University,

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