Francisco de Remolins
Remolins married as a young man, but his marriage was annulled and the young woman entered a convent. Remolins received the tonsure and then became a secretary to Ferdinand II of Aragon. The king later appointed him as his ambassador to the Holy See. He then became a preceptor to Cesare Borgia.
In 1498, he was sent to Florence along with Gioacchino Torriani, Master of the Order of Preachers, as Commissary Apostolic to initiate process against Girolamo Savonarola; Savonarola was sentenced to death on May 18, 1498.
Because of his family's closeness to Pope Alexander VI, he then resigned as auxiliary bishop of Lleida to join the papal court. In February 1501, the pope appointed him governor of Rome; as governor, he carried on a bloody repression of the pope's enemies, the Colonna family and the Orsini family.
Following the election of Pope Julius II, Cardinal Remolins feared reprisals against the House of Borgia and therefore escaped from Rome on December 20, 1503. The pope, however, wrote him a conciliatory letter and the cardinal returned to Rome and entered the pope's service.
As a diplomat, he secured the devolution of the Romagna from the Republic of Venice. Also, in the course of the Italian War of 1499–1504, he acted in the service of Ferdinand II of Aragon against Louis XII of France.
In 1504, he became Bishop of Fermo, occupying this see until his death, though without ever visiting the diocese in person. In 1511, he replaced Ramón de Cardona as Viceroy of Naples, holding this office until 1513.
He opted for the titular church of San Marcello al Corso on October 27, 1511, though also retaining the titulus of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in commendam until July 6, 1517. At the end of 1511, he became archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. He attended the Fifth Council of the Lateran (1512–17). On January 23, 1512, he became the apostolic administrator of the see of Palermo; he held this post until his death. He played a part in establishing the Roman Inquisition in Palermo; he was a great supporter of the Inquisition.
In May 1517, he was one of three cardinals who managed the process of two cardinals, Bandinello Sauli and Alfonso Petrucci, accused of plotting against the pope. As president of this tribunal, he sentenced Cardinal Petrucci to death on July 16, 1517. On November 4, 1517, he was one of eight cardinals appointed to a commission to wage war against the Ottoman Empire.
He died in Rome on February 5, 1518. He was buried in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - he was allegedly buried alive because when his coffin was later opened, his arm was above his head. He was reburied in Santa Maria sopra Minerva.