May 25, 1261—August 29, 1261

Death of Pope Alexander IV

Alexander IV (Rinaldo, Count of Segni) was a nephew of Pope Gregory IX. He was made a Cardinal Deacon in 1227 and Suburbicarian Bishop of Ostia in 1231. Until the death of Pope Innocent IV in 1254, he was mostly concerned with his responsibilities as Protector of the Friars Minor. It is said that Alexander was elected in part because he was one of the few people in the papal entourage who had had good relations with the Emperor Frederick II Hohenstaufen (died December 13, 1250).

Upon the (false) report of the death of Frederick's son Conradin (1252-1268) the Hohenstaufen King of Sicily (a child of eight), his uncle Manfred (1232-1266), his representative in Sicily, had himself crowned King of Sicily at Palermo on August 10, 1258. In typical Hohenstaufen fashion, Manfred showed no particular respect for the interests of the Holy See or the Church in his domains. His army was composed largely of Muslim Saracens, who lived in colonies in south Italy and Sicily. His influence, in fact, was increasing in the Papal States and even in the Po valley, where he had appointed Uberto Pallavicini as his Captain in Lombardy. At odds with the Pope (Platina Historia 212), who would not sanction his accession and who wanted a crusade against the Saracens, he supported all of the Ghibellines in central Italy against the interests of the Papal States. Florence, too, fell into the hands of their own Ghibelline exiles, who were assisted by the Sienese and supported by Giordano Aglano (Battle of Montaperto on the Albia, September 2, 1260; Villani, Book VI. 78). Alexander excommunicated the Sienese and the Ghibellines on November 18, 1260.

Sometime after October 21, 1260, the papal court moved to Viterbo. The Pope died in Viterbo on May 25, 1261, and was buried in the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. According to Platina, he was on his way to broker a peace between Genoa and Venice (Platina Historia, 212; Storia, 101). The Holy See was vacant for three months and three days.

The Cardinals

The Annales Sancti Justinae Patavini (MGH SS XIX, 181) state:

Anno Domini 1261, cum summus pontifex Alexander sex annis cum dimidio romanam ecclesiam gubernasset, die septimo exeunte Madio [May 25] vite sue cursum in civitate VIterbio pacifice terminavit. Iste toto tempore sui regiminis nullum constituit cardinalem; nam cum quidam de cardinalibus edificare Syon in sanguinibus affectaret, quidam vero vellent viros ydoneos promovere, ipse licet haberet plenitudinem potestatis, timore tamen scandali neutram partem voluit exaudire. Post cuius obitum cardinales numero octo de summo pontifice eligendo magnam inter se discordiam tribus mensibus habuerunt. Tandem, septiformis Spiritus gratia illustrati, die tercio exeunte Augusto [August 29], reverendissimum virum patriarcham Ierosolimitanum, Gallicum natione, qui tunc temporis erat in curia pro negociis etrre sancte, concorditer elegerunt, qui Urbanus quartus mutato nomine est vocatus. Iste quarto mense sui pontificatus numerum cardinalium ampliavit, preclaros viros, vita et scientia insignitos, ad tam sanctum collegium promovendo. De quorum numero, divina providentia faciente, extitit benignissimus dominus Simion de Montescillice, canonicus Paduanus, quem tam forma corporis quam nobilitate generis et gratiosis moribus et multiplici scientia divina gratia decoravit.

Evidently there was a struggle between would-be nepotists in the Sacred College, and reformers. Fearing scandal, Alexander wished to listen to neither party, and so he created no new cardinals in his six and a half year reign. At the time of Pope Alexander's death there were only eight cardinals (Cristofori, Tombe, 298). The faces at the electoral meetings were familiar from the previous election in 1254.

The footnote on pp. 102-103 in the 1763 Italian language edition of Platina admits that there is no evidence for any cardinals created by Alexander, except perhaps his nephew Andrea Conti ("che intanto trovaronsi VIII. soli Cardinali al nuovo conclave, perche non fece egli alcuna promozione.") (cf. Cristofori, 298). Onuphrio Panvinio (p. 164) lists Conti's name, but says that Conti refused the promotion. More likely, if Justin of Pavia is correct, Alexander did not appoint his nephew, lest it appear to be nepotism.

But the Annales Minorum (Annales des Frères Mineurs) report that there were eighteen cardinals participating in the election of 1261 (Wadding-Castet, 95). Onuphrio Panvinio provides a list of the cardinals who participated in the election in his Epitome, pp. 166-167, but it is quite inaccurate; he claims fifteen cardinals. He also claims that Alexander IV created nine cardinals, though he does not know the names of three of them. One of the alleged cardinals, whose name he does not know, he lists as the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This unknown cardinal was Jacques Pantaleone, who was elected pope in the election, and who was not a cardinal. Several of Alexander's alleged cardinals were actually created by Alexander's successor, Urban IV.

Wilhelm Sievert (p. 147), too, lists eight cardinals. Moroni (p. 12), in his article on Urban IV, seems to accept the ninth cardinal, and states that eight of the nine cardinals took part in the election. Étienne Georges (p. 160), too, provides a list of eight cardinals (the list below); a ninth cardinal, he says, was Legate in Germany, but he does not give that cardinal's name or his rank (Could he be counting Stephen, Bishop of Palestrina, twice?). Lorenzo Cardella speaks of the one cardinal of Alexander IV as a Benedictine named Tesoro Beccaria of Pavia, who was made a Cardinal Priest, but after twelve months as a cardinal died in 1258 {Cardella, 290-292]. His titulus as Cardinal (if any) is unknown, and he countersigned no papal documents. He was sent, it was claimed, as Legate to Florence to compose the differences between the Guelfs and Ghibellines, though Giovanni Villani (VI. 65 ff.) and other well-informed authors do not know of his cardinalate or alleged legateship to Florence. Villani does speak of the Popolo of Florence seizing "the abbot of Vallombrosa, who was a gentleman of the lords of Beccheria of Pavia in Lombardy, for they had been told that, at the petition of the Ghibelline refugees from Florence, he was plotting treason. And they made him confess this by torture they made him confess, and wickedly in the Piazza of Sant' Apollinaire by the outcry of the people they beheaded him, not regarding his dignity or his holy orders. For this the Commonwealth of Florence and the Florentines were excommunicated by the Pope." The sources cited by Cardella all seem to be Benedictine in origin, and the Benedictines considered him to have been a martyr—though the Church did not make him a saint. A Cardinalate and Legateship certainly would have added to Beccaria's posthumous dignity and to the enormity of the crime.

Salvador Miranda believes that there were two cardinals of the creation of Alexander IV, in two separate consistories: Riccardo di Montecassino,OSB, Abbot of Montecassino, who was Cardinal Priest of S. Ciriaco alle Terme (created in 1255 or 1256—in other words, at a date unknown; died March 1, 1262); and Tesauro dei Beccheria, OSB Vall. (created in December, 1255, died 1258). Riccardo, it may be mentioned, is the only person said to be Cardinal Priest of S. Ciriaco alle Terme in the entire thirteenth century (cf. Eubel, p. 41). He never countersigned any papal bulls. His absence from the election of 1261 is apparently accounted for nowadays by the story, derived from the Benedictine paleologist (sic!) Mauro Inguanez (who did not publish his material), that Riccardo was deposed by Pope Alexander for participating in the Coronation of Manfred as King of Sicily on August 10, 1258 in Palermo; the deposition took place on the first anniversary of the coronation, August 10, 1259, a neat coincidence; the Pope was very slow to strike, it would seem.   A. Bagliani (II, 545-551) so rightly doubts that Riccardo was ever made a cardinal!

On April 27, 1258, the following eight cardinals subscribed a bull with Alexander IV [Wittemburgische Urkunden V (Stuttgart 1889), no. 1495:, pp. 260-261]:

Ego Odo, Tusculanus episcopus.
Ego Stephanus, Prenestinus episcopus.
Ego frater Iohannes, sancti Laurentii in Lucina presbyter cardinalis.
Ego frater Hugo, S. Sabine presbyter cardinalis.
Ego Riccardus, S. Angeli diaconus cardinalis.
Ego Octavianus, S. Marie in Via Lata diaconus cardinalis.
Ego Petrus, S. Georgii ad velum aureum diaconus cardinalis.
Ego Ioannes, S. Nicolai in carcere Tulliano diaconus cardinalis.

The subscriptiones to papal bulls in the reign of Alexander IV record only the following cardinals:

List of Cardinals alive at the Death of Alexander IV:

  1. Otto (Eudes or Odo of Châteauroux), born in the Diocese of Bourges, former Chancellor of the University of Paris (1238-1244). Eudes was not a Cistercian monk [A. Paravicini Bagliani, Cardinali di Curia I (Padua 1972), 200-201]. Cardinal (1244-1273) Bishop of Tusculum (Frascati) † January 25, 1273 in Orvieto. (Cardella, I. 2, 266-267).
  2. Giovanni of Toledo, an Englishman, a Cistercian, Cardinal (May 28, 1244) Priest of S. Lorenzo in Lucina, then Cardinal Bishop of Porto, from December 24, 1261   †1274 at Lyons (or July 13, 1275: Grauert, 117 n.1, 125, and 127) He had served in the Roman Curia for nearly sixty years. He was a supporter of Henry III of England (cf. Shirley, p. 144, 188-192)
  3. Stephen (III) [Istvan Bancsa], a Hungarian, Archbishop of Strigonia (Esztergom), named Cardinal (1252-1272) Bishop of Palestrina by Innocent IV. † August, 1270. {Cardella, 285-286]. In 1255 he had been sent to Rome to deal with the financial affairs of the Monastery of S. Paolo fuori le mure [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 33, no. 127].

  4. Hughes de Saint-Cher (Ugo di S. Caro), OP, from Vienne in the Dauphiné, Cardinal Priest of Santa Sabina, in the first creation of Innocent IV at Lyons in December, 1244   † March 19, 1264 [Maubach, Die Kardinäle, p. 20; cf. Cardella, 269-272, who makes it 1263]. Bachelor in Theology of the University of Paris . He became a Dominican in 1227, and was the first of his order to hold the Chair of Theology [Du Boulay, Historia Universitatis Parisiensis III, p. 689]. Legate in Germany, 1253 [Wirtembergisches Urkundenbuch V, no. 1252, 1263; Bourel Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 31, no. 122 (at Verdun)]. Hughes wrote to the nuns in the Cloister of S. Elizabeth in Ulm from Naples at the direction of Pope Alexander IV on December 24, 1254 [no. 1313]. He was succeeded in 1254 by Cardinal Petrus, Cardinal Deacon of S. Georgio ad velum aureum [no. 1305, 1306, 1333, 1334, 1335, 1339, 1340, 1342], who was still in Germany on April 2, 1255 (Nachträge, LXXI, p. 453) but was back at the Curia by July 13, 1255 [Bullarium Romanum III, p. 615].

  5. Ricardus Hannibaldi (Riccardo Annibaldi) de Molaria, a Roman, Cardinal Deacon of Sant' Angelo in Pescheria (1237-1274), died at Lyons in 1274, according to his memorial inscription. Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica (by Innocent IV). Ghibelline. Opponent of the Orsini. [Cardella I.2, 257-259]. The remains of his tomb are in the Cloister of the Lateran Basilica. His nephew, Master Stephen Anibaldi, was Canon of Furnes (diocese of Terouane) [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, pp. 86-88, nos. 318-320]. Papal Vicar in Campania and Maritima in 1245, along with Rainaldus dei Conti di Segni, Bishop of Ostia and Stephanus de Normandis of S. Maria in Trastevere, and maybe still in 1255 [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 234, no. 766]
  6. Octavianus (Ottaviano) Ubaldini, of Musello in the diocese of Florence, Archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal (1244-1273) Deacon of Sta. Maria in Via Lata † March 30, 1273 (Levi, 268 n.2; Fra Salimbene, Cronaca, puts it in March 1272). He had been Archdeacon of Bologna as well as Papal Subdeacon and Papal Chaplain. He was elected Archbishop of Bologna in 1240, but was still below the canonical age of 30, and therefore was dispensed by Gregory IX. He became a cardinal in 1244 [Ughelli Italia Sacra 2, 21]. He was the leader of the Ghibellines in Tuscany. Legate in Parma [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 152, no. 521]. He was Apostolic Legate in the Kingdom of Sicily [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 60, no. 221 (March 12, 1255); p. 72, no. 265 (March 14, 1255); p. 74, no. 270; p. 90, no. 325 (Amalfi); p. 111, no. 370; p. 115, no. 386 (Amalfi); pp. 122-123, no. 405 (Naples); p. 146, no. 501; pp. 149-150, no. 512; p. 177, no. 569 (Aversa); pp. 216-217, no 719; p. 237, no. 775 (Syracuse)]. His vicar in Calabria was the Archpriest of Padua [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 300 no. 1002]. Cardinal Ottaviano was trongly Ghibelline in sympathies (Cardella, I.2, 275), he rejoiced publicly at the fall of Florence (Villani VI. 80). Dante puts him in the Sixth Circle of Hell
  7. Ioannes (Giovanni Gaetano Orsini), Cardinal (1244-1277) Deacon of S. Niccolo in Carcere, future Pope Nicholas III (1277-1280) Strongly Ghibelline. Alexander IV assigned him the tituli of S. Crisogono and S. Maria in Trastevere in commendam on June 22, 1259 (Posse, #166).
  8. Ottobonus (Ottobono, Ottoboni) Fieschi, of Genoa, Cardinal (1251-1276) deacon of S. Adriano, Archpriest of S. Maria Maggiore (Basliica Liberiana: Archivio della Società romana di storia patria 30 (1907) 121); nephew of Innocent IV and future Pope Adrian V (1276). Strongly Guelf, in opposition to the Doria and Spinola. He was and continued to be Archdeacon of Reims [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 171, no. 562; p. 233, no. 761]; Innocent IV's nephew, Hugo Rubeus, was the Praepositus of Reims from 1245 until after 1262 [Gallia Christiana 9 (1751), 167] He had another nephew, Sinibaldus, was praepositus Chableiarum in the Archdiocese of Lyons [Bourel, Registres d' Alexandre IV, p. 235, nos. 768-769].

Cardinals not attending:

Unfortunately for the reputation of the Annales Minorum, there were not eighteen cardinals; likewise, it is clear that Urban IV was elected on August 29 and crowned in Viterbo on September 4 (die pr. Nonas Sept.). This is stated clearly by John of Hemingford, an eyewitness (below). The story of the papal Bull without a lead seal is fiction, as is the delay of his coronation by more than eight months. Perhaps Stephen's absence is also a fiction.

Election and Coronation

The story of the election on August 29, 1261, is told by Gregorius, Dean of Bayeux, writing on commission of Cardinal Ancher Pantaleone, the nephew of Urban IV (Assier, p. 3).

...montes transiliens et mare perlustrans, ad partes ultramarinas pervenit: ubi sic corda incolarum de illis partibus commovit, & suavitate morum refecit, quod ecclesiae Hierosolymitanae Trecensis Jacobus beato Jacobo fratri Domini in tam eximio patriarchatu successit. In quo quidem patriarchatu sic patriarchis praefuit & profescit, quod peregrini & incolae ipsarum partium patrem & pastorem amabilem se habere gaudebant. Porro cum pro terrae sanctae subsidio & ejusdem Hierosolymitanae ecclesiae utilibus & arduis negotiis idem pater necesse habuisset sedis apostolicae limina visitare, navigii subsidio maris pelagus navigavit, & ad civitatis Venitiarum littora veniens, & ad civitatem Agnaniensem, ubi tunc sedes apostolica residebat, se transtulit: in qua a bonae memoriae domino Alexandro Papa quarto, qui tunc Romanum regebat ecclesiam, ab ejus fratribus dominis Cardinalibus & tota curia honorifice susceptus & benigne tractatus in eadem civitate aliquantis temporibus conquievit, subsidium terrae sanctae & negotia ecclesiae Hierosolymitanae praedictarum felici consilio promovens & procurans. Eodem vero Alexandro Papa in civitate Viterbensi, ad quam cum tota curia & eodem patriarcha se transtulerat, diem claudente extremum, ipsa Romana ecclesia trimestri vacavit, eisdem Cardinalibus inimico homine super seminante discordiam non valentibus concordare. Sed cum Dei sapientia ab aeterno alto providisset consilio, eumdem Jacobum quem Archidiaconum Episcopum & Patriarcham jam fecerat, summi Pontificatus fastigio honorare eorumdem Cardinalium corda sic disparia ad tantam concordiam & paritatem adduxit, ut concordi voto, voce & animo eumdem Jacobum in summum Pontificem acclamarent, quem iidem Cardinales ad tantae dignitatis sic promotum apicem Urbanum Papam quartam cum ingenti gaudio vocaverunt.

Jacques Pantaleon, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem happened to be doing business with the Curia for some time (aliqantis temporibus), first in Agnani and then in Viterbo, when Pope Alexander died. When the cardinals were unable to agree upon one of themselves as a suitable pope, after three months of disputing, they noticed Patriarch Jacques, who was a vigorous administrator, and chose him as pope (so too Panvinio, 166).

The story is discreetly narrated by the Elect himself in his Electoral Manifesto, the Bull "O altitudo divitiarum", frankly stating that the people were hoping for a quick election in the light of initial enthusiasm, but that the passage of time showed that extended deliberation was not leading to a resolution of the difficult matter. In other words, there was a deadlock, and no cardinal could muster the six votes needed for canonical election [Bullarium Romanum III, 674-676]:

Sane felicis recordationis Alexandro Papa, praedecessore nostro octavo kalendas junii, videlicet in festo beati Urbani Papae et martyris, de carnis nexibus liberato, et ad gloriam supernae patriae, sicut speramus assumpto; ac eius corpore, post celebratas solemnes exequias, in Viterbiensi Ecclesia honorifice, prout decuit, tumulato, fratres nostri episcopi, presbyteri et diaconi cardinales mox pro eligendo successore insimul convenerunt, affectus suos erigentes ad Deum, ut generali Ecclesiae viduatae pastorem idoneum consueta misericordia largiretur. Invocata ergo Sancti Spiritus gratia, ut est moris, inceperunt protinus super electione Summi Pontificis diligentem habere tractatum. Et licet studiose institerint et studuerint instanter, ut cito consequeretur tantum negotium finem bonum, ac divinam clementiam devota et sedula supplicatione pulsaverint, ut illum, qui sibi esset acceptus, et quem apud se ad onus apostolicae servitutis elegerat, ac super cuius meritum considerationis suae radius quiescebat, populo suo in rectorem celeriter concedere dignaretur, fuit tamen eorum in hoc desiderium aliquandiu morae interventione suspensum, et ipsius consummatio negotii per alicuius temporis spatium retardata. Nam cum de summo et universali Praesule, de Patre Patrum, de Pastore Pastorum et Christi vicario ac successore praefati Apostolorum principis ageretur, maiorem utique providentiam et ampliorem deliberationem res tam ardua requirebat.


Demum autem post multam discussionem, longumque tractatum, ad personam nostram, cum tunc Ecclesiae Hierosolymitanae gerentes regimen, pro suis negotiis apud Sedem Apostolicam moraremur, sua unanimiter corda et animos concorditer converterunt, direxerunt vota et firmavere consensus. Et quamvis inter eos essent, qui veluti digniores scivissent et potuissent plenius et laudabilius tantum officium exercere; quamquam etiam multos extra suum collegium eorum anxiae, cogitationi et explorationi solerti mundus offerret, quibus utpote potiorobus magis decuisset imponi tantae sarcinam dignitatis; ipsi tamen nostram insufficientiam aliorum sufficientiae praetulerunt, nos ad summi pontificatus apicem communiter eligentes.

Giovanni Villani (Cronica Book VI. 88, p. 312 Dragomani) describes the Papal Election:

Avvene che molto poco tempo appresso, nel detto anno 1260, papa Alessandro passò di questa vita nella città di Viterbo, e vacò la Chiesa sanza pastore cinque mesi per discordia de' cardinali; poi elessono papa Urbano il quarto della città di Tresi di Campagna in Francia, il quale fu di vile nazione, siccome figuolo d'uno ciabattiere, ma valente uomo fu, e savio. Ma la sua elezione fu in questo modo: egli era in corte di Roma povero cherico, e piativa una sua chiesa, che gli era tolta, dibbre venti di tornesi l'anno: i cardinali per loro discordia serrarono con chiavi ov'erano rinchiusi, e feciono tra loro discreto segreto, che 'l primo cherico che picchiasse alla porta fosse papa. Come piacque a Dio, questo Urbano fu il primo, e dove piativa la povera Chiesa di llibri venti di tornese, ebbe l' universale Chiesa, come dispuose Iddio, al modo della elezione del beato Niccolaio. Perche fu miracolosa la elezione, n' avemo fatta menzione e memoria; il quale fu consecrato gli anni di Cristo 1262 [sic].

There is also a very contemporary notice in a letter (Shirley, DLVI, pp. 188-192: September, 1261) written by the cleric John of Hemingford, Procurator of King Henry III of England at the Curia, to his master.   John had an audience with the new Pope, who was elected on August 29 and crowned on the following Sunday. He had been carrying letters from the King for Pope Alexander, which he turned over to the new Pope. He was working with Cardinals Fieschi, Orsini and John of Toledo to expedite the business of the King:

Noverit vestrae dominationis sublimitas quod ecclesia Romana pastoris solatio destituta a vicesimo quinto die Maii usque ad diem Decollationis S. Johannis Baptistae [August 29]... quod dicto die patriarcham Jerusalem oriundum . . . . . . domini regis Franciae in Romanum pontificem elegerunt. Et assumpto nomine Urbanus, utinam re et nomine, Dominico die sequente ab archipresbytero Ostiensi munus benedictionis recepit ante ecclesiam . . . . . . . corona et imperiali diademate coronatus ad palatium sibi deputatum recessit.

Ad quem tempore competenti et congruo, de consilio dominorum Soletani [John of Toledo ?], Ottoboni [Fieschi], Gaietani [Orsini], et quorundam . . . . cardinalium, cum magistro R(ogero) Luvel clerico vestro et procuratore meo accessi, salutans ipsum ut decuit ex parte vestra, et literas vestras domino Alexandro papae directas eidem porrigens, et supplicans . . . . [ut] . . .justis precibus aurem inclinaret benevolem et benignam ....

Nihil autem tunc amplius obtento, requisivi cum socio meo dominos J. Thol(osanum) [John of Toledo], J. Gaietanum [Orsini], et fratrem Hugonem, qui dicebantur prioris negotii promotores ....

Jacopo Pantaleone (Jacques Pantaleon), the new Pope, was born at Troyes in Champagne. As Urban IV he was crowned at Viterbo on September 4, 1261 by Riccardo Annibaldi, the Cardinal of Sant' Angelo in Pescheria, the Archdeacon of the Holy Roman Church.

Urban IV took immediate steps, on December 24, 1261, on the Saturday Quatuor Temporum, to replenish the numbers of the College of Cardinals [Annales S. Justini Patavini: MGH SS 19, 181; see J. Catalano, Sacrae Caeremoniae sive Ritus Ecclesiastici Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Libri Tres Tomus I (Romae 1750), p. 292; Wenck, p. 151]:

Iste quarto mense sui pontificatus numerum cardinalium ampliavit, praeclaros viros, vita et scientia insignitos ad tam sanctum collegium promovendo.

And Gregory, Dean of Bayeux, writes (Allier, p. 9):

Sane cum idem dominus Urbanus eandem Romanam ecclesiam videret satis in numero cardinalium diminutam, volens defectum hujusmodi reparare, ut Urbanus nomine urbanitatem in verbo et opere demonstraret, duas ordinationes, unam in Decembre [1261], aliam in maii [1262] mensibus fecit, in quibus cardinales quatuordecim ordinatos ostendit

King Henry III's Procurator in the Curia, Roger Lovel, provided details in a letter of February 6, 1262 (Shirley, pp. 204-206):

Noverit Excellentia Vestra quod sanctissimus pater Urbanus quartus, sacrosanctae Romanae ecclesiae summus pontifex, Sabbato ante festum Natalis Domini ordinationem cardinalium magnam fecit; in qua venerabilis pater et dominus J(ohannes) titulo S. Laurentii in Lucina presbyter cardinalis electus extitit in episcopum Portuensem, dominus Hugo [Hughes de Saint-Cher (Ugo di S. Caro), OP] cardinalis in episcopum Hostiensem, qui numquam consecrabuntur ante adventum aliorum. Archiepiscopus etiam Narbonensis [Guy le Gros Folcoldi], qui quondam unicam et virginem duxit in uxorem, de qua filios et filias quamplures procreavit, qui quidem postmodum extitit episcopus Annisiensis, et de ecclesia Annisiensi translatus est in archiepiscopem Narbonensem, electus est in episcopum cardinalem; episcopus Ebroicensis [Radulphus or Raoul de Grosparmy] electus est in episcopum cardinalem; qui nondum titulos habent, eo quod absentes fuerunt. Ordinatum est tamen quod unus illorum erit Albanensis et alius Sabinensis. Dominus Jacobus de Sabella, natione Romanus, affinis domini Gaietani, factus est S. Mariae in Cosmidin diaconus cardinalis; dominus Godefridus de Alatro, natione Campanus, affinis domini Ricardi, factus est S. Georgii ad Velum Aureum diaconus cardinalis; dominus Urbertus de Cochenaco, familiaris domini Ottaviani, factus est S. Eustachii diaconus cardinalis; electus quondam adversanus (sic!) familiaris domini Ottoboni [Simon Paltanieri of Padua], natione Lombardus, cui multa crimina opponuntur, factus est similiter cardinalis; cancellarius etiam domini regis Franciae electus extitit in presbyterum cardinalem; qui similiter titulos non habent eo quod in ordinatione antedicta absentes fuerunt.

Lovel was confused about the last cardinal in his list: the former chancellor was Raoul de Grosparmy; the new cardinal priest was Simon de Brie, keeper of the royal seal of Louis IX in 1261, who was later assigned the titulus of Santa Cecilia (Wenck, 153 n. 2; Jordan, 329). Cardinal Simon Paltineri received the titulus of SS. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti, after an investigation of the charges made against him were disproved. Hughes de Saint-Cher was never consecrated as Bishop of Ostia, and his place was taken by Enrico de' Bartholomei, who was elevated in Urban IV's second consistory for the promotion of cardinals in May, 1262. (Eubel, second edition, 8; the first edition contained errors. cf. Cardella, 294. Platina Storia, 103, makes Enrico one of the cardinals of Alexander IV!.)

It is said that Cardinal Simon Paltinieri subscribed to a bull for the first time on January 9, 1263 (Jordan, 329; Potthast 18462). But this is outdated information. Charles Piot published a bull of Urban IV, of June 26, 1262 (Datum Viterbii ... VI. Kalendas Iulii, indictione V, Incarnationis dominice anno Mo CCo LXII pontificatus vero domni Urbani papae IIII anno primo), which includes the signature of Simon Paltinieri (p. 33-34). The full list of signatories is:

Hugo, tituli Sanctae Sabinae presbyter cardinalis               [Hughes de Saint-Cher, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Symon, tituli Sancti Martini presbyter cardinalis                 [Simon Paltineri, of the December 1261 creation]
Ancherus, tituli Sanctae Praxedis, presbyter cardinalis       [Ancher Pantaleon, of the May 1262 creation]
Guido, tituli Sancti Laurentii in Lucina presbyter cardinalis   [Guy de Bourgogne, of the May 1262 creation]
Guillelmus, tituli Sancti Marci presbyter cardinalis              [Guillaume de Bray, of the May 1262 creation]
Odo, Tusculanus episcopus                                             [Odo of Châteauroux, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Stephanus, Praenestinus episcopus                                 [Istvan Bancsa, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Frater Johannes, Portuensis et Sanctae Rufinae episcopus [John of Toledo, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Radulphus, Albanensis episcopus                                    [Raoul de Grosparmy, of the December 1261 creation]
Riccardus, Sancti Angeli diaconus cardinalis                     [Riccardo Annibaldi, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Octavianus, Sanctae Mariae in Via Lata diaconus              [Ottaviano Ubaldini, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Johannes, Sancti Nicolai in Carcere Tulliano diaconus cardinalis [Giovanni Orsini, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Ottobonus, Sancti Adriani diaconis cardinalis                     [Ottobono Fieschi, present at the Conclave of 1261]
Jacobus, Sanctae Mariae in Cosmydin diaconus cardinalis [Giacomo Savelli, of the December 1261 creation]
Gottifridus, Sancti Georgii ad Velum aureum diaconus cardinalis [Goffredo da Alatri, of the December 1261 creation]
Ubertus, Sancti Eustachii diaconus cardinalis                    [Uberto di Cocconato, of the December 1261 creation]
Matheus, Sanctae Mari(a)e in Porticu diaconis cardinalis    [Matteo Rosso Orsini, of the May 1262 creation].

Absent from the signatories are four of Urban's cardinals: Guy le Gros Foucois, Simon de Brie, Enrico Bartolomei and Giordano Prionti. All of the cardinals who took part in the Conclave of 1261 are present.


Clemens IV Epistolae et Dictamina (edited by Matthias Thumser, August 5, 2007, *pdf format) [retrieved November 21, 2008].  

Gregorius, Dean of Bayeux and Thierry Vaucouleurs, Vita Urbani Papae Quarti a Gregorio Decano Ecclesiae Bajocassium et a Theodorico Vallicolore scripta (ed. A. Assier) (Troyes 1854).  

Cronaca di Fra Salimbene Parmigiano (tr. Carlo Cantarelli) Volume 1 (Parma: Luigi Battei 1882).

Onuphrio Panvinio, Epitome Pontificum Romanorum a S. Petro usque ad Paulum IIII. Gestorum (videlicet) electionisque singulorum & Conclavium compendiaria narratio (Venice: Jacob Strada 1557).  

MGH: G. H. Pertz (editor), Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptorum Tomus XVIIII (Hannover 1866). Bartolomeo Platina, Historia B. Platinae de vitis pontificum Romanorum ... Onuphrii Panvinii ... cui etiam nunc accessit supplementum ... per Antonium Cicarellam (Coloniae Agrippinae: sumptibus Petri Cholini, 1626), 210-213.

Bartolomeo Platina, Storia delle vite de' Pontefici edizione novissima Tomo terzo (Venezia: Domenico Ferrarin, 1763), 95-118.   Lorenzo Cardella, Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa Tomo primo Parte secondo (Roma: Pagliarini 1792).

Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Annali d' Italia Volume 18 (Firenze 1827).

Laertius Cherubini (editor), Bullarium, sive nova collectio plurimarum Constitutionum Apostolicarum diversorum Romanorum Pontificum (Roma: Ex Typographa Camerae Apostolicae 1617). Aloysius Tomassetti (editor), Bullarum, Diplomatum, et Privilegiorum sanctorum Romanorum Pontificum Taurinensis Editio III (Turin 1858), pp. 674 ff. [Bullarium Romanum] (Urban IV's Electoral Manifesto: pp. 674-676).

Otto Posse, Analecta Vaticana (Oeniponti: Libraria Academica Wagneriana, 1878). Charles Bourel de la Roncière, Les registres d' Alexandre IV, recueils des bulles de ce pape (Paris:Fontemoing 1895-1896). Léon Dorez et Jean Guiraud, Les registres d' Urbain IV, recueils des bulles de ce pape (Paris:Fontemoing 1892-1904).Edouard Jordan, Les registres de Clement IV, recueils des bulles de ce pape (Paris:Fontemoing 1893).

Giuseppe de Novaes, Elementi per la storia de' Sommi Pontefici terza edizione Volume III (Roma 1821).  Etienne Georges, Histoire du Pape Urbain IV et son temps (Arcis-sur-Aube 1866). G. Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica Volume 86 (Venezia 1854) 12-15 ['Urbano IV']. Étienne Georges, Histoire de Pape Urbain IV et de son temps, 1185-1264 (Arcis-sur-Aube 1866).  F. Gregorovius, History of Rome in the Middle Ages, Volume V.2 second edition, revised (London: George Bell, 1906) Book X, Chapter 1, pp. 335-358.  J. B. Sägmüller, Thätigkeit und Stellung der Kardinale bis Papst Bonifaz VIII. (Freiburg i.Br.: Herder 1896). Karl Wenck, review of Sägmüller, Thätigkeit, in Göttingsche gelehrte Anzeiger 163 (1900) 139-175.   Wilhelm Sievert, "Das Vorleben des Papstes Urban IV.," Römische Quartalschrift 10 (1896), 451-505; 12 (1898) 127-151.   J. Maubach, Die Kardinäle und ihre Politik um die Mitte des XIII. Jahrhunderts (Bonn 1902). Joseph Heidemann, Papst Clemens IV. (Münster 1903). Richard Sternfeld, Der Kardinal Johann Gaetan Orsini (Papst Nikolaus III.) 1244-1277 (Berlin: E. Ebering 1905).

Thomas Wykes: Henry Richards Luard (editor), Annales Monastici. Vol. IV. Annales Monasterii de Oseneia (A.D. 1016-1347), Chronicon vulgo dictum Chronicon Thomae Wykes (A.D. 1066-1289), Annales Prioratus de Wigornia (A.D. 1-1377) (London, 1869). Giovanni Villani, Cronica di Giovanni Villani (edited by F. G. Dragomani) Vol. 1 (Firenze 1844), 286-287.

Silvester Castet, (editor and translator), Annales des Freres Mineurs, composées en Latin par le tres-Reverend Pere Luc VVadinghes...Abbregées & traduites en François... Tome Premier (Toulouse 1680).

A. Parravicini Bagliani, Cardinali di curia e "familiae" cardinaliste, dal 1227 al 1254 Volume II (Padua 1972)

W. H. Bliss (editor), Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland. Papal Letters. Volume I (London 1893). W.W. Shirley (editor), Royal and Other Historical Letters illustrative of the Reign of Henry III Volume II. 1236-1272 (London: Longmans 1866).   Abbot Francis Aidan Gasquet, Henry the Third and the Chruch (London 1905).

F. Cristofori, Le tombe dei pape in Viterbo (Siena 1887).  

Johannes C. L. Gieseler, Compendium of Ecclesiastical History fourth edition revised and amended (tr. J. W. Hull) (Edinburgh 1853).

On Cardinal John of Toledo, see Hermann Grauert, "Meister Johann von Toledo," Stizungsberichte der philosophisch-philologischen und der historischen Klasse. königl. bayer. Akademie der Wissenschaften 1901 (München 1902) 111-325. On the Annibaldi: Fedele Savio, SJ, "Gli Annibaldi di Roma nel secolo XIII," Studi e documenti di storia e diritto 17 (1896) 353-363. Francis Roth, OESA, "Il Cardinale Riccardo Annibaldi, Primo Prottetore dell' Ordine Agostiniano," Augustiniana 2 (1952) 26-60. M. Dikmans, "D' Innocent III à Boniface VIII. Histoire des Conti et des Annibaldi," Bulletin de l' Institut historique belge de Rome 45 (1975) 19-211.

Giuseppe di Cesare, Storia di Manfredi. re di Sicilia e di Puglia I (Napoli: Raffaele di Stefano 1837).151-197. E. Miller, Konradin von Hohenstaufen (Berlin 1897).

Conradus Eubel, OFM Conv., Hierarchia Catholici Medii Aevi...ab anno 1198 usque ad annum 1431 perducta editio altera (Monasterii 1193) 7-8.   E. Jordan, "Les promotions de cardinaux sous Urbain IV," Revue d' histoire et de litterature réligeuses 5 (1900), 322-334. Charles Piot, "Documents relatifs à l' abbaye de Solières," Compte rendu des séances, ou Recueil de ses bulletins. Académie royale de Belgique Cinquième série, 4 (1894), 5-42, no. 13.

On Cardinal Ubaldini: Guido Levi, "Il Cardinale Ottaviano degli Ubaldini, secondo il suo carteggio ed altri documenti," Archivio della Società Romana di storia patria 14 (1891), 231-303.


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