Clemente Grosso della Rovere

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Clemente Grosso della Rovere

Clemente Grosso della Rovere (died 1504) was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.

Biography[edit]

Clemente Grosso della Rovere was born in Savona, ca. 1462, the son of Antonio Grosso and Maria Basso della Rovere, a member of the House of della Rovere.[1] He was a grand-nephew of Pope Sixtus IV and a nephew of Cardinal Girolamo Basso della Rovere.[1] One of his brothers, Leonardo Grosso della Rovere, also became a cardinal.[1]

Early in his life, he joined the Conventual Franciscans in Savona.[1] He then became a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura.[1] He was also papal treasurer in Perugia.[1]

On October 27, 1483, he was elected Bishop of Mende.[1] In 1495, Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere named him vice-legate in Avignon.[1] He became the rector of the Comtat Venaissin in 1496.[1] Because of his poor health, he left Avignon on April 11, 1502.[1]

Pope Julius II made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of November 29, 1503.[1] He received the red hat on December 4, 1503, and head of the titular church of Santi Apostoli on December 6, 1503.[1] Due to bad health, he retired to Perugia in 1504.[1]

He died in Rome on August 18, 1504.[1] He was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Biographical Dictionary of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Further reading[edit]

  • Ian Verstegen, Patronage and Dynasty: the Rise of the Della Rovere in Renaissance Italy (Truman State University Press, 2007)