Alfonso Gesualdo

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Alfonso Gesualdo di Conza (20 October 1540–14 February 1603) was an Italian Cardinal, from 1561. He was from Naples. His attendance at the papal conclave of 1565-6 at the age of only 25 makes him one of the youngest Cardinals ever to participate in a papal election.[1]

He was archbishop of Conza in 1564, bishop of Albano in 1583, bishop of Frascati in 1587, bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina in 1589, bishop of Ostia in 1591, archbishop of Naples in 1596.

He was a patron of Sant'Andrea della Valle, in Rome, the mother church of the Theatine Order.[2] The composer Carlo Gesualdo was his nephew.


  1. ^ Miranda, Salvator. 1998. "Consistory of February 26, 1561 (II)"
  2. ^ Marcia B. Hall, Rome (2005), p. 303.

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