Francesco Maria Santinelli

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Francesco Maria Santinelli (1627-1697) was an Italian marquis, count, Marinist poet, librettist, freemason[citation needed] and alchemist. In Senigallia, Christina, Queen of Sweden was welcomed in verse by the handsome Santinelli and his brother, Ludovico, an acrobat and dancer.[1] Both seem to have been accomplished scoundrels.[2] A year later Ludovico was witness and participant at the murder of Gian Rinaldo Monaldeschi at Fontainebleau. (Francesco Maria was on business in Rome during this infamous event.) After the scandal, she promised Pierre Chanut that Ludivico and his two helpers would have to leave her court.[3]


  • Le Donne Gverriere Del Signore Conte Francesco Maria Santinelli. Dedicate All' Eminentissimo Principe Il Signore Cardinale. Rocci, 1647
  • Canzoni del conte Francesco Maria Santinelli: Dedicate alla sacra real maestà di Cristina regina gloriosissima di Svetia, 1655
  • Prose 1659
  • In 1659, Santinelli wrote a poem, Carlo V, dedicated to emperor Leopold I of the Holy Roman Empire in Vienna.
  • In 1666, Santinelli wrote an alchemical poem with commentary, Lux obnubilata suapte natura refulgens, (Light shining forth by its own nature out of darkness) while using the pseudonym Fra Marc’Antonio Crasselame Chinese.
  • L'Armida, nemica, amante, e sposa: Dramma musicale (1669)
  • Delle poesie del marchese Francesco Maria Santinelli ...: Prima parte. Consacrata alla sacra cesarea maesta' della imperatrice Leonora (1669)
  • Delle ode del marchese Santinelli conte della Metola, e marchese di San Sebastiano, &c. cameriero delle chiaue d'oro di sua maestà cesarea: prima parte (1671)
  • L'Alessandro overo il trionfo di se stesso: Opera regia (1673)
  • Alchimista della Massa Trabaria
  • Il catechismo ermetico-massonico della “Stella fiammeggiante”
  • Poesie 1680
  • Ode 1680


  1. ^ Rome and the Counter-Reformation in Scandinavia: The age of Gustavus ... By Oskar Garstein [1]
  2. ^ Quilliet, B. (1987) Christina van Zweden : een uitzonderlijke vorst, p. 226-227.
  3. ^