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|Place of origin||Malësi e Madhe, Albania|
|Name origin and meaning||Albania|
- See Albani for other uses of that name
The Albani were an aristocratic Roman family of Albanian origin who originally moved to Urbino from the region of Malësi e Madhe in Albania. Originally having the surname Chigi, the members of this family attained the highest dignities in the Roman Catholic Church, one, Giovanni Francesco Albani, having been elected as Pope Clement XI.
During Clement XI's reign as a Pope the famous Illyricum Sacrum was commissioned, and today it is one of the main sources of the field of Albanology, with over 5,000 pages divided in several volumes written by Daniele Farlati and Domenico Coletti.
The Albani library was sold between 1864 and 1928, and part of it was purchased by The Catholic University of America. This collection contains a large section concerning the Jansenist controversy and the Chinese Rites controversy, as well as Canon Law, and other related topics.
The House of Albani ended with the death of Don Filippo Albani, Prince of Soriani, in 1852.
- Alessandro Albani (1692–1779), Italian aristocrat and cardinal
- Annibale Albani (1682–1751), Italian Cardinal
- Gian Girolamo Albani (1504–1591)
- Gian Francesco Albani (1720–1803), Roman Catholic Cardinal
- Giovanni Francesco Albani (Pope Clement XI) (1649–1721)
- Giuseppe Albani (1750–1834), Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal
- Herbermann, Charles George; Knights of Columbus, Catholic Truth Committee (1913). The Catholic Encyclopedia. The New York Public Library: Robert Appleton Company. p. 255. Retrieved 05/12/2010. Check date values in:
- George L. Williams, Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes, (McFarland & Company, 1998), 116.
- George L. Williams, Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes, 221.
- George L. Williams, Papal Genealogy: The Families and Descendants of the Popes, 117.
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