Paolo Emilio Cesi
Paolo Emilio Cesi
|Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Eustachio|
|Predecessor||Alessandro Farnese (cardinal)|
|Died||5 Aug 1537 (age 56)|
Paolo Emilio Cesi was born in Terni, Umbria in 1481, the eldest of twelve children born to Roman noble Angelo Cesi from the house of Cesi and Francesca Cardoli. His younger brother, Federico Cesi, also became a cardinal. After finishing school, he moved to Rome where he served as a notary at the Fifth Council of the Lateran, a canon of Santa Maria Maggiore, a protonotary apostolic, and a regent of the Chancery of Apostolic Briefs.
He was named cardinal deacon by Pope Leo X in the consistory of July 1, 1517. On July 6, 1517, he received the red hat and the deaconry of San Nicola in Carcere. He participated in the papal conclave of 1521-22 that elected Pope Adrian VI. He was the administrator of the see of Lund from February 6, 1520 to July 12, 1521; administrator of the see of Sion from November 12, 1522 until September 8, 1529; and administrator of the see of Todi from June 1, 1523 until he resigned in favor of his brother Federico. Pope Adrian VI named him one of the judges in the case against Cardinal Francesco Soderini. He participated in the papal conclave of 1523 that elected Pope Clement VII. He was administrator of the see of Narni from May 20, 1524 to June 1, 1524; administrator of the see of Civita Castellana from April 7, 1525 until his death; and administrator of the see of Cervia from 1525 until March 23, 1528.
In the absence of the pope, he was governor of Rome in 1529. From October 6, 1529 until October 21, 1530, he was administrator of the see of Massa Marittima. He opted for the deaconry of Sant'Eustachio on September 5, 1534. Under Pope Clement VII, he was Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. He was also the cardinal protector of the Duchy of Savoy, and vice-protector of the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Ireland. He participated in the papal conclave of 1534 that elected Pope Paul III. On August 23, 1535, the new pope made him a member of the commission on reform of the Roman Curia.