Bartolomeo Roverella

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Bartolomeo Roverella
Coat of arms of Cardinal Bartolomeo Roverella.

Bartolomeo Roverella (1406–1476) (called the Cardinal of Ravenna) was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal.

Biography[edit]

Bartolomeo Roverella was born in Rovigo in 1406, the son of Palatine Count Giovanni Roverella (camerlengo of Leonello d'Este, Marquis of Ferrara), and his wife Beatrice de' Leopardi di Lendinara.[1] Bartolomeo Roverella received a doctorate in law.[1]

After completing his education, Roverella became a clerk of the Bishop of Modena.[1] He was next a chaplain of the Patriarch of Aquileia.[1] He then moved to Rome and became secretary to Pope Eugene IV.[1]

On July 15, 1444, he was elected the first ever Bishop of Adria.[1] He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Ravenna on September 26, 1445.[1]

He was present in Rome for the papal conclave of March 1447.[1] He became a papal chamberlain to Pope Nicholas V and auditor of the Roman Rota.[1] He served as governor of Umbria from 1448 to 1451.[1] In 1451, he was appointed nuncio to the Kingdom of England.[1] From 1452 to 1455, he was governor of Marche Piceno.[1] In 1459, he served as governor of Viterbo.[1] Pope Pius II named him papal legate to the Kingdom of Naples in 1460.[1] He was then governor of Benevento from 1460 to 1466.[1]

In the consistory of December 18, 1461, Pope Pius II made him a cardinal priest while Rovarella was in his legation to Naples.[1] Upon his return to Rome on January 26, 1462, he was awarded the titular church of San Clemente, and then received the red hat on January 30, 1462.[1]

On February 13, 1464, he returned to the Kingdom of Naples, where he supported Ferdinand of Aragon against René of Anjou.[1]

Cardinal Roverella returned to Rome on August 23, 1464, and participated in the papal conclave of 1464 that elected Pope Paul II.[1] On January 8, 1470, Paul II named him papal legate to Perugia.[1]

He returned to Rome on August 1, 1471 to participate in the papal conclave of 1471 that elected Pope Sixtus IV.[1] The new pope named him legate to the March of Ancona and he left for his legation on October 24, 1471.[1] He returned to Rome in 1473.[1]

On January 12, 1475, he was elected Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals.[1]

He died in Ferrara on May 2, 1476.[1] He is buried in San Clemente.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Miranda, Salvador. "ROVERELLA, Bartolomeo (1406-1476)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Berardo Eroli
Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals
1475
Succeeded by
Jacopo Piccolomini-Ammannati