Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes

Front Cover
McFarland, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 271 pages
1 Review
The papacy has often resembled a secular European monarchy more than a divinely inspired institution. Roman pontiffs bestowed great wealth on their families and forged strategic alliances with other powerful families to increase their power. Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), for example, forced his daughter Lucrezia into a series of marriages for political reasons. When her marital alliance was no longer advantageous, as was the case in her second marriage, her husband was brutally murdered. Many papal families also intermarried in hopes of forming a hereditary papacy; at least two members of the Fieschi, Piccolomini, Della Rovere, and Medici families served as pope. Papal families since the early history of the church are fully covered in this comprehensive work. Genealogical charts graphically show the descendants of the popes, presenting in many cases the interrelationships between the papal families and their relationships with many of the leading families of Europe. Detailed histories examine the impact of the papacy on each pope's family and how each influenced the history of the church.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

An informative book about Pope James Savelli among others.

Contents

Authors Note
1
and how far off every thing seems
3
In the Beginning The First 1200 Years
7
The Papal Families at the Close of the Middle Ages
31
The Savelli Family Part One
37
Bishops Cardinals the Pope
42
Avignon Ends and a New Era of Italian Popes Begins
45
The Renaissance Popes and Their Families
51
The Papacy after 1740The Modern Period
131
della Chiesa Family
134
Papal Dynasties and Noble Houses
139
House of Aragona Kings of Naples
144
Medici and the Kings of France
151
Table XXf Family Relationships
161
Papal Dynasties and Nepotism
165
Additional Genealogical Tables of Papal Families
177

The House of Borgia
58
The Medici and Farnese Families
71
The Renaissance Comes to a Close
82
From Boncompagni to Ludovisi
89
From Barberini to Corsini
104
The Savelli Family Part Two
112
The Colonna Family Part Four
118
Tables 4ag Boncompagni Ludovisi Ottoboni
207
Reference Guide to the Papal Dynasties
211
Chronological List of the Popes and Antipopes
230
Notes
237
Selected Sources
251
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 251 - Royal Genealogies, or the Genealogical Tables of Emperors, Kings and Princes, from Adam to these times...

References to this book

About the author (2004)

Historian, educator, and former Fulbright scholar to Italy George L. Williams, of Port Washington, New York, has written numerous scholarly articles.

Bibliographic information