Doge Ordelafo Faliero, from Pala d'Oro, Venezia
|Doge of Venice|
He was the son of the 32nd doge, Vitale Faliero de' Doni. He was a member of the Minor Council (minor consiglio), an assembly formed from members of the so-called "apostolic families" that, in oligarchical Venice, assumed the governmental functions of judges, military councilmen, ambassadors and heads of state.
His first name, which is otherwise unknown in Venetian history, is thought to have been derived from a backwards spelling of the Venetian name "Faledro", or from the Ordelaffi family, of which the Faliero family is thought to be a stirpe.
Afterwards, Faliero was engaged in an expedition to Syria, comprising 100 Venetian ships, which succeeded in conquering a part of Acre. Objects from the local Syrian convent of Christ Pantocrator were taken back to Saint Mark's Basilica.
In Venice, Faliero established the nucleus of what would become the Arsenal.
He was killed at Zara during a battle against the Hungarians.
Vital I Michele
| Doge of Venice