Alessandro Geraldini

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Most Reverend
Alessandro Geraldini
Bishop of Santo Domingo
Church Catholic Church
Diocese Diocese of Santo Domingo
In office 1516-1524
Predecessor Francisco Garcia de Padilla
Successor Luis de Figueroa
Consecration 1496
Personal details
Born 1455
Amelia, Italy
Died March 8, 1524 (age 69)
Santo Domingo
Previous post Bishop of Vulturara e Montecorvino (1496-1516)
Coat of arms Alessandro Geraldini's coat of arms

Alessandro Geraldini (also Gerardini or Gueraldini)(1455–March 8, 1524) was a Renaissance humanist scholar at the Spanish court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He is known for his support of Christopher Columbus. He served as tutor to the royal children and later accompanied the Infanta Catharine of Aragon to England, as her confessor. In 1519, at 64 years of age, he traveled to the Spanish settlements in the New World, and became Bishop of Santo Domingo.[1][2][3]


Geraldini was born in Amelia, in the region of Umbria in Italy. As a young man, he went to Spain, where he served against the Portuguese in 1475/1476. He entered the Church, and was entrusted with the education of the princesses of the royal family. While at court he supported Columbus, who had come to present to the sovereigns of Castile and Aragon his plan for discovering a new road to India and far east.

In 1496, he was appointed by the King of Spain and confirmed by Pope Alexander VI as the first Bishop of Vulturara e Montecorvino.[1] On November 23, 1516, he was nominated by the King of Spain and confirmed by Pope Leo X as Bishop of Santo Domingo[1] and embarked at Seville. Geraldini wrote a great many works on theology, letters, poetry, a biography of Catharine of Aragon, treatises on politics and education, and an important account of his voyage to the Antilles. Geraldini served as Bishop of Santo Domigo until his death on March 8, 1524.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bishop Alejandro Geraldini (Gerardini, Gueraldini)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved December 4, 2015
  2. ^ "Diocese of Vulturara e Montecorvino" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 23, 2016
  3. ^ "Titular Episcopal See of Vulturara" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 14, 2016

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Vulturara e Montecorvino
Succeeded by
Vincenzo Sabbatini
Preceded by
Francisco Garcia de Padilla
Bishop of Santo Domingo
Succeeded by
Luis de Figueroa