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A Ghibelline family that held large estates in the Papal State south of Rome and in the kingdom of Naples; the Colonna were the perpetual rivals of the Orsini, whose ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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... family , A Ghibelline family that held large estates in the Papal State south of Rome and in the kingdom of Naples ; the Colonna were the perpetual rivals of the Orsini , whose estates lay north of Rome. The election of Cardinal Oddo Colonna as Pope Martin V in 1409 enabled him to enrich his family with further grants of property within the Papal State; he also persuaded Queen Giovanna II of Naples to present his brothers with large fiefdoms within her realm. Pope Martin commissioned the Palazzo Colonna in Rome. Pope Eugenius IV attempted...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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... family The first Colonna are attested from the early 12 th century. Cardinal Giovanni Colonna († 1244 ) gave his family a Ghibelline political orientation, which introduced a permanent element of conflict into Roman political life. Cardinal Legate at Constantinople ( 1204 ), he brought back to Rome , for his church of San Praxede, a column considered to be that of the Flagellation . The cardinal 's three brothers, Landolfo , Oddone and Giordano , founded the branches of Riofreddo, Gallicano and Palestrina. At Rome, the family seat was the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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...Colonna family . A distinguished Roman family which has played a considerable part in Papal and European politics, esp. between the 12th and 18th cents. The Colonnas were vassals of the Pope, but their political leanings in the Middle Ages were mostly Ghibelline and pro-Imperial. They were the hereditary adversaries of the Orsini family. The Colonnas gave a number of cardinals to the Church, the first being the Benedictine monk, Giovanni Colonna (d. 1216 ), who was created cardinal in 1193 by Pope Celestine III. A protector of the Franciscan Order , he...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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... family Influential family of Roman barons rival to the *Orsini , the Colonna probably descended from the Tuscolan counts, who dominated *Rome in the 10th century. At the beginning of the 12th century Pietro took the name Colonna from the family’s castle located south of Rome: during the *Investiture Controversy he sided with *antipope Guibert of Ravenna ( 1023–1100 ), fought against Pope Paschal II (r. 1099–1118 ), and later became reconciled with the pope. Noble Roman families depended on pontifical favour for consolidating their power, and...

Colonna family

Colonna family  

A Ghibelline family that held large estates in the Papal State south of Rome and in the kingdom of Naples; the Colonna were the perpetual rivals of the Orsini, whose ...
Ferdinando Francesco d' Avalos

Ferdinando Francesco d' Avalos  

(1489–1525),Marquis of Pescara, born in Naples into a family of Spanish descent. He entered the service of Spain, and in 1512 was captured in the battle of Ravenna (where ...
Stefano Infessura

Stefano Infessura  

(c.1436–c.1500),Italian historian, born in Rome, where he worked in the service of the Colonna family. His Diario della città di Roma, written in Italian with an admixture of Latin, narrates the ...
Vittoria Colonna

Vittoria Colonna  

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(1490–1547)Italian poet, widely praised by her contemporaries, including Sannazar, Castiglione, Bembo, Tasso, and Michelangelo, for the sonnets of her Rime spirituali (1540). The first hundred ...
Alexander of Roes

Alexander of Roes  

(13th century) Canon,probably identical to Andreas of Leysberg OFM, in service to Cardinal Jacob Colonna; criticised conditions at the Roman curia. In his major work Memoriale de Prerogativa Romani ...
Martino Filetico

Martino Filetico  

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(c. 1430–c. 1490).Humanist educator, who taught the children of Federigo da Montefeltro in Urbino, of Alessandro Sforza in Rimini, and of Antonio Colonna in Rome. He translated Theocritus and ...
Orsini, Paolo

Orsini, Paolo  

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(Wagner: Rienzi). Bass. A nobleman of Rome who is unsuccessful in his attempt to assassinate Rienzi. A long‐standing feud exists between the Orsini and the Colonna families. Created (1842) by Michael ...
Castelli

Castelli  

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Italian centre of ceramic production in the Abruzzo region. The oldest examples of Castelli pottery, the Orsini-Colonna pharmacy jars (c. 1520–40) such as those produced by the Pompeo family, display ...
Stefano Porcari

Stefano Porcari  

(c.1400–1453),Italian republican, born into a noble Roman family. In 1427–8 he served as captain of the people (capitano del popolo) in Florence, where he formed friendships with Poggio Bracciolini ...
Outrage of Anagni

Outrage of Anagni  

(1303)When Pope Boniface VIII asserted his supremacy over Philip IV of France with the bull Unam sanctam, the king’s councillor Guillaume de Nogaret, in concert with Boniface’s enemies, the ...
Francisco de Sá de Miranda

Francisco de Sá de Miranda  

(1485–1558),Portuguese poet, born into an ancient and noble family in Coimbra. In 1505 he moved to Lisbon, where he attended the university and participated in the life of the ...
Francesco Griffo

Francesco Griffo  

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(c.1450–1518),Italian type founder. He was a native of Bologna who moved to Venice, where he was appointed as the principal type founder of Aldus Manutius. Griffo was the inventor ...
Camporese Family

Camporese Family  

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Pietro Camporese (1726–81) and his sons Giulio (1754–1840) and Giuseppe (1763–1822) were the architects for the remodelling of Santa Scolastica, Subiaco, of the Galleria dei Candelabri (1786–88), and ...
Women Writers

Women Writers  

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1. Before 17002. The 18th c.3. 1800 onwards1. Before 17002. The 18th c.3. 1800 onwardsWriting by women in Italy before the 15th c. is sparse. There ...
Bl. Benedict XI

Bl. Benedict XI  

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(22 Oct. 1303–7 July 1304)In the uproar in Rome following Boniface VIII's unexpected death the cardinals, having excluded Giacomo and Pietro Colonna under protest as excommunicate, unanimously ...
Nicholas IV

Nicholas IV  

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(22 Feb. 1288–4 Apr. 1292)The vacancy after Honorius IV's death dragged on for almost eleven months. The conclave, held in Honorius' new palace, was hopelessly divided, and when six cardinals died in ...

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