Antonio Sanseverino

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Antonio Sanseverino (died 1543) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and bishop.


Antonio Sanseverino was born in Naples ca. 1477, the son of Giovanni Antonio Sanseverino, a Neapolitan patrician, and Enrichetta Carafa.[1]

Early in his career, he joined the Knights Hospitaller.[1] Pope Leo X made him a cardinal while he was still a layman.[1] However the promotion was contingent on certain conditions that Sanseverino never complied with, so his elevation to the cardinalate was never published and neither Pope Leo X nor Pope Adrian VI ever recognized him as a cardinal.[1]

Pope Clement VII made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of November 21, 1527.[1] He received the red hat and the titular church of Santa Susanna from Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio in the Castel Sant'Angelo on April 27, 1528.[1] He received the tonsure from Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.[1]

On August 31, 1528, he was elected Archbishop of Taranto.[1] He occupied that see until his death.[1] He was the administrator of the see of Conversano from July 28, 1529 to February 11, 1534.[1] He was the Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals from January 24, 1530 to January 18, 1531. He opted for the titular church of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme Neroniane-Alessandrine on May 16, 1530.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop by Pope Clement VII in the Sistine Chapel on December 21, 1531.[1] On September 5, 1534, he opted for the titular church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.[1]

He participated in the papal conclave of 1534 that elected Pope Paul III.[1]

He was the cardinal protector of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, in which capacity he resisted proposals to merge the order with the Friars Minor Observants.[1]

On November 28, 1537, he opted for the order of cardinal bishops and received the suburbicarian see of Palestrina.[1] He was the papal legate (along with Cardinals Lorenzo Campeggio, Giacomo Simoneta, and Giralomo Aleandro) to the general council held at Mantua then at Vicenza.[1]

On August 4, 1539, he opted for the suburbicarian see of Sabina; then, on January 8, 1543, for the suburbicarian see of Porto e Santa Rufina.[1] He was Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals.[1]

He died in Rome the night of August 17/18, 1543.[1] He is buried in Trinità dei Monti.[1]