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date: 28 September 2020

Colonna family. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

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. ... ...

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