(August 12, 1689—October 6, 1689)

The Holy Spirit AG


(in exergue:) ROMA and an episcopal coat-of-arms

The Holy Spirit, surrounded by rays of light interspersed with tongues of fire.. [John 3. 8]
Arms of Card. Paluzzi Altieri


Arms of Paluzzo Card. Paluzzi Altieri degli Albertoni, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church (1671-1698), upon a Maltese Cross, surmounted by the Ombrellone, crossed keys, and the Cardinal's Hat with six tassels on each side.

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The Holy Spirit AG


(in exergue:) ROMA The Holy Spirit, surrounded by rays of light interspersed with tongues of fire.. [John 3. 8]
Arms of Card. Paluzzi Altieri


Arms of Paluzzo Card. Paluzzi Altieri degli Albertoni, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church (1671-1698), upon a Maltese Cross, surmounted by the Ombrellone, crossed keys, and the Cardinal's Hat with six tassels on each side.

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PALUZZO CARDINAL PALUZZI ALTIERI DEGLI ALBERTONI (1623-1698). Paluzzo Paluzzi was a member of one of Rome's distinguished families. He obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Perugia. He joined the Apostolic Chamber under Urban VIII Barberini, and became Auditor General under Alexander VII Chigi. His family was joined with the Altieri when his nephew, Gaspare Albertoni, married the niece and sole heiress of the family of Emilio Cardinal Altieri. In 1664 he was named Cardinal Priest and received the titulus of SS. Apostoli (which he exchanged for S. Crisogono and then S. Maria in Trastevere). He was elected Bishop of Montefiascone and Corneto in 1666.

In 1670, his relative Emilio Cardinal Altieri, was elected Pope Clement X, and on the day of the election the new pope adopted Paluzzo Paluzzi and named him Cardinal Nephew. He received a number of important benefices as a result: Archbishop of Ravenna (1670-1674?), Legate in Avignon (1670), Legate in Urbino (1673-1677), Governor of Tivoli. He became Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church on August 4, 1671, a post which he held until his death on June 29, 1698. In 1691 he was promoted to Cardinal Bishop of Sabina, then Palestrina, and then to Porto and Santa Rufina in 1698. He was Archpriest of the Lateran Basilica from 1693-1698.

He participated in the Conclaves of 1667 and 1669-70 and presided at the Conclaves of 1676, 1689, and 1691.

The Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals was Cardinal Alderano Cibò.

The Secretary of the Sacred College was Abbot Guido Passionei of Fossombrone

The Marshal of the Conclave was Prince Giulio Savelli (1626-1712), the second son of Prince Bernardino Savelli, Prince of Albano (1606-1658) and Felice Peretti, the heiress of Pope Sixtus V. He married Caterina Aldobrandini, daughter of Pietro Aldobrandini, Duke of Carpentino, and then Caterina Giustiniani. The family were perpetually in financial difficulties: in 1596 they sold Castel Gandolfo to the pope, and in 1650 the duchy of Albano. He succeeded his father as Marshal of the Holy Roman Church in 1658. He had one son, who predeceased him. On his death in 1712, the office of Marshal of the Roman Church was conferred on the Chigi Family. Prince Giulio Savellio left a manuscript Conclave Diary; it is in the Chigi archives.

The Governor of the Conclave was Msgr.Girolamo Cusani, uncle of Don Livio Odescalchi, the Pope's nephew.

The Masters of Ceremonies at the Conclave of 1689 were: Carlo Vincenzo Carcarasio, Domenico Cappello, Pietro Santi di Fontibus, Candido Cassina, and Giustiniano Chiapponi de Rossena (Bullarium Romanum Turin edition 20, p. 2)—Capello and Cassina left Diaries.

The Captain General of the Holy Roman Church (Papal Army) was Livio Odescalchi , the only son. of the late Pope's brother Carlo (Distinto Ragguaglio dell essequie, p. 2; Moroni, Vol. 36, 25)


Sede Vacante 1878, Arms of Prince Ludovico Odescalchi, captain General of the

Baroque shield with Arms of Ludovico Odescalchi, surmounted by coronet, with drapery behind, flanked by two keys and the Ombrellone over all..

jeton of  Ludovico Odescalchi, reverse


S(anctae) R(omanae) E(cclesiae) |
SEDE VACAN |. 1689

A wreath surrounds the inscriptiomn


Mazio —.


"L' origine de tant de médailles remonte à l'époque où le conclave se tenait toujours au palais du Vatican, et où l'on interdisait à tout le monde, pendant tout le temps de sa durée, l'entrée de la cité Léonine, c'est-à-dire du quartier appelé le Borgo. Alors tous ceux qui, soit pour leurs affaires, soit pour tout autre motif, devaient se rendre dans ce quartier du Borgo, étaient arretés en tête du pont Saint-Ange ou de tout autre pont communiquant avec le Vatican; on ne laissait passer que ceux qui étaient porteurs d'une médaille expressément frappée pendant la vacance du siége au nom de l'un des personnages nommés ci-dessus."

X. Barbier de Montault, Le Conclave (Roma 1878) 19.


Death of the Pope

Pope Innocent XI (Odescalchi) died on Friday, August 12, 1689, at 22:00 hours (Rome time), at the Palazzo Quirinale where he resided. He was seventy-eight years old.   He had been suffering from a fever, caused by severe kidney problems; his legs and feet were swollen and painful. He had reigned for thirteen years. The papal throne was vacant for one month and twenty-three days. Fifty-two cardinals participated in the conclave.

During his illness the Pope did not want his nephew, Don Livio Odescalchi, to enter his bedchamber, at least until after he had received the Viaticum, three days before his death.  He only wanted to recommend to him that he not get mixed up in the business of the Conclave, but to leave that to the College of Cardinals.  His ministers tried one last time to serve their own interests, by urging the dying Pope to hold a Consistory to create new cardinals, since there were ten vacancies in the Sacred College.   The Pope's Confessor was even enlisted in the effort, on behalf of Don Livio.  Innocent replied that if God wanted him to make another creation of cardinals, He would get him out of his sickbed.

The Pope's last moments were presided over by Cardinal Colloredo, the Major Penitentiary, who granted him full absolution for his sins.  The Papal Sacristan gave him the Viaticum and Extreme Unction.

The evening of the Pope's death, Cardinal Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri, the S.R.E. Camerarius (Camerlengo), came to the Pope's death chamber to perform the Rogito.  Next morning, Saturday, August 13, the body was opened and enbalmed.  The doctors discovered two large kidney stones, and some twenty small ones [Relazione dell' ultima infermità, p. 3].  That night the body, vested in mozzetta and stole, was transferred from the Quirinal to the Vatican, where it was vested in full papal regalia and placed in the Sistine Chapel.  Next morning, Sunday, August 14, the body was transported by the Canons and Chapter of St. Peter's to the Vatican Basilica, and placed in the Chapel of The Most Holy Trinity, where it lay in state for the next three days. 




The first of the Novendial masses took place in the presence of the Cardinals on Monday, August 15.  After the ceremonies were concluded, the first General Congregation took place that Sunday, in the Hall of the Parchments in the Vatican Palace.  They decided that the Conclave would begin on the the tenth day after the Pope's death. They also witnessed the defacement of the Fisherman's Ring, and turned over the broken pieces of the seals to Msgr. Raggi and Msgr. Litti, Clerks of the Chamber.  Controversy broke out among the Cardinals on the subject of the position of General of the Holy Roman Church.
      Innocent XI had left the position vacant during his pontificate, but some of the friends of Don Livio Odescalchi wanted the General Congregation to vote to give the position to him.  The supporters were uncertain that they could succeed, so they first proposed that the Cardinals should vote on whether to make an appointment at all, or not.  There were twelve votes for making an appointment, eleven against.  When the vote on the appointment of Don Livio was taken, he received twenty-one of twenty-three votes [See a photo of one of his tokens above]. Cardinal d'Estrées, who was one of the twenty-three Cardinals attending Congregation that day, announced publicly that he would not vote for Don Livio.  The Governor of the Borgo and of the Conclave was also elected— Msgr. Girolamo Cusani, the uncle of Don Livio [Novaes XI, p. 78].
      Cardinal Giovanni Battista Spinola (aged 76), the Cardinal of S. Cecilia, who was Governor of the City of Rome, announced to the General Congregation that his various indispositions might compel him to enter the Conclave later than the other Cardinals, and that, in that event, he wanted to continue in his office; the Cardinals agreed that he might do so, but that when he did enter the Conclave, the Cardinals reserved the right to elect a replacement for him as Governor.  In the event, Spinola did not enter the Conclave until nearly the final vote, thereby successfully avoiding all of the heat and disease of the Vatican in the summertime.   Msgr. Imperiali, the Treasurer General of the Apostolic Camera was elected (with only one disserting vote) to continue in his functions as Commander of the Castel S. Angelo, the Campagna Marittima and the Galleys.  Msgr. Schelstrate, Custodian of the Vatican Library, was appointed to preach the Funeral Oration, and Fr. Louis Sergardi to preach the Oration de pontifice eligendo.
      Cardinals Norfolk (Philip Howard), Spada and Astalli were deputed to see to the construction of the Conclave premises in the Vatican Palace.

Next day, Tuesday, August 16, after the Requiem Mass and attendant ceremonies, the Cardinals assembled in the Sacristy of S. Peter's Basilica for the Second Congregation.  The Conservatori of Rome were received.  Don Livio Odescalchi and Msgr Girolamo Cusani appeared and took their oaths. Various other confirmations of various officials were made.

On Wednesday, August 17, in the evening, the body of Pope Innocent XI was laid to rest in the Vatican Basilica, on the south side of the first aisle, near the entrance to the Chapel of the Choir.   On Tuesday, August 22, The Funeral Oration was pronounced by Msgr. Emanuel von Schelstrat, First Custodian of the Vatican Library and Canon of S. Peter's Basilica [Distinto Ragguaglio dell essequie, pp. 4-5]. .

In the following days, during the Congregations, various embassies were received, to present the condolences of their governments and wish the Cardinals a successful outcome to the Conclave.  Also various diplomatic complaints were received and dealt with.  Abbe Mancini, representative of the Grand Duke of Tuscany was received;  the resident envoy of Savoy, the Count de Gubernatis; the ambassadors of Bologna and Ferrara; the representative of the King of Poland, Cardinal Barberini;  Cardinal de'Medici spoke as Protector of the Holy Roman Empire and also in the name of the King of Spain.  The Congregation also received the Apostolic Brief which allowed Cardinal de'Medici to vote in the Conclave even though he was not in major holy orders.

On Tuesday, August 23, the Novendiales having concluded, the Cardinals prepared to enter Conclave.  The Mass of the Holy Spirit was sung in the Vatican Basilica by Cardinal Cibò, the Cardinal Dean. The Distinto Ragguaglio dell essequie (p. 5), however, states that the Mass was sung by Cardinal Altieri, Bishop of Sabina. The Oration pro pontifice eligendo was recited by Abbot Sergardi.  Afterwards, the Cardinals went in procession to the Conclave area in the Vatican Palace, where they received visitors in their cells.  Among the last to depart were the Ambassador of Spain, the Marquis de Cogolludo, and Don Livio Odescalchi, who exhorted the cardinals created by his uncle to stick together to elect a new pope.  It was well into the night (4:00 hours) when the Conclave was finally enclosed by Cardinal Barberini, the senior Cardinal Priest, and Cardinal Maidalchini, the senior Cardinal Deacon, and the Cardinal Camerlengo, Cardinal Paluzzi Altieri.  The senior Cardinal Bishop, Cardinal Cibò, had already retired for the night.


Political Situation: The Aggression of Louis XIV

The Conclave of 1689 was a notably difficult one. The dead pope, Innocent XI Odescalchi, had pursued a series of policies which conflicted with the ambitions of King Louis XIV of France in both international politics (where the Pope favored a rapprochement with the Emperor Leopold I and an alliance with King John Sobieski of Poland in the interest of a crusade against the Turks, who were at the gates of Vienna) and in internal French affairs (where the king's hostility toward the Jansenists and his absolutist royalist pretensions to regalian rights had led to the Four Gallican Articles of 1682). Relations with Louis XIV could not have been worse; Avignon and the Venaissin had been confiscated, and, for a time, a French army occupied one quarter of the city of Rome. King Louis and his ministers were excommunicated in January, 1688. To bring the Pope to his knees, Louis ordered his representative in Rome to make it known that the Papal States were going to be invaded by a French Army. To emphasize the seriousness of the rupture, on April 14, 1689, Louis recalled his representative, the Marquis de Lavardan, and revoked the powers he had given Cardinal d' Estrées to conduct French business in Rome (Gérin 137-138). Cardinal d' Estrées had been working, at the King's command, to bring together the factions led by Cardinals Chigi, Rospigliosi and Altieri (Hanotaux, Recueil, 356). But it was a pointless exercise. France and the Papacy were completely at odds. At the Pope's death, there were thirty-five vacant bishoprics in France.


Representatives of the Crowns

Both the Empire and France sent Ambassadors Extraordinary to the Conclave. Louis XIV dispatched the Duc de Chaulnes, who arrived on September 27, along with Cardinal Bonzi and Cardinal de Bouillon. Cardinal Le Camus, who was in very bad odor, had been ordered by the King not to attend [Petruccelli III, 320]. Chaulnes had been instructed to obstruct an election by forming a group of (eighteen) cardinals to prevent 2/3 of them from carrying out a canonical election ('virtual exclusion'); Chaulnes was not to present an actual veto (exclusiva), but the King eliminated Portocarrero, Salazar, Aguirre, Orsini, Pignatelli, Carafa, Lauria, Visconti, Ciceri and Medici.  But Chaulnes and Cardinal d'Estrées, the French spokesman inside the Conclave, were enemies, and it was necessary to send along the Marquis de Torcy as well, to act as an intermediary between the two, if there was ever to be a coordinated application of French influence. To avoid even the appearance of discord, Chaulnes was ordered by the King to take up residence in Cardinal d'Estrées'  palazzo, rather than at the palazzo of Cardinal Maidalchini, as Chaulnes wished [Petruccelli III, 319]. Louis finally reconciled himself to the election of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, as he stated in a dispatch to Chaulnes on October 16 [Gérin, 139], but it was too late. The election had already been accomplished.

As for the Spanish,  the minister of the Grand Duke of Tuscany wrote to Cardinal de'Medici on August 19, 1689, enclosing the declaration of the Spanish Court on the cardinals. They would not exclude the Genoese or Lucchese, though they were republicans. But they did exclude the Neapolitans. The French were excluded, and those who followed them: Bonzi, Bouillon, Maidalchini, Cibo, and Furstenberg.  They had a "secret" (Ottoboni), which would be given to Medici and to Cocolludo.  Spain was, however, afraid of a Venetian cardinal on the Throne of Peter.  With their interests in Naples and Lombardy, a resurgent Venice, patronized by the Papacy, would be a destabilizing influence on Spanish control in Italy.


Card. Leandro Colloredo Card_d_Estrees Card.inal Antonio Pignatelli
 Cardinal Medici.                                            Cardinal d' Estrées                                           Cardinal Pignatelli


The Cardinals

There were sixty cardinals at the death of Innocent XI, though only two of them came from the Austrian Empire, Graf Leopold Kollonitz (Wiener-Neustadt-Györ) and Johannes von Goëss (Gurk)—the latter of whom did not reach the Conclave in time to participate (Bischoffshausen, 9). There were three Spanish cardinals, Luis Portocarrero (Toledo), Pedro de Salazar (Cordoba), and José de Aguirre, OSB, two of whom did not attend. Alexander VIII's motu proprio granting graces and privileges to the Conclavistae [Bullarium Romanum (Turin edition) 20, pp. 2-5] and to the Dapiferi [Bullarium Romanum (Turin edition) 20, pp. 5-7], provides two authoritative lists of the Cardinals who were present at the Conclave.

A list of participants in the Conclave of 1689 is also given in the contemporary pamphlet, Sincero racconto, p. 3; and a list of the Cardinals who participated in the Coronation in Esattissima descricione, p. 7. Guarnacci provides a list of the fifty-two cardinals at columns 303-304.

  1. Alderano Cibò (aged 76) [Genoa], of the family of the Principi di Massa di Carrara, Bishop of Ostia and Velletri [Cappelletti, Chiese d' Italia I (Venezia 1844), 479-480, 487], Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals. (died July 22, 1700)
  2. Pietro Ottoboni (aged 79) [Venice], Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina (1687-1689) Secretary of the Inquisition (died February 1, 1691) He was elected Pope Alexander VIII.
  3. Flavio Chigi (aged 58) [Siena], Bishop of Bishop of Albano (1686–1689). Prefect of the Signature of Justice (died September 13, 1693). Nephew of Pope Alexander VII
  4. Antonio Bichi (aged 51) [Siena], Bishop of Palestrina (1687-1691). (died February 21, 1691) Bishop of Osimo. Nephew of Pope Alexander VII.
  5. Giacomo Franzoni (aged 77) [of Genoa], Bishop of Frascati (1687–1693) [Cappelletti, Chiese d' Italia I (Venezia 1844), 644, 651]. Later Bishop of Porto (1693-1697). (died December 19, 1697).
  6. Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri degli Albertoni (aged 66) [Romanus], Bishop of Sabina (February 2, 1689-August 8, 1691), subsequently Bishop of Palestrina and then Bishop of Porto. Prefect of the S.C. de Propaganda Fide. Doctorate in law (Perugia). Camerlengo

  7. Carlo Barberini (aged 59) {Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Lorenzo in Lucina (1685-1704). (died October 2, 1704). Grand-nephew of Urban VIII. Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica. Representative of the Kings of Portugal and of Poland.
  8. Gregorio Barbarigo (aged 64) [Venice], Cardinal Priest of S. Marco (died June 18, 1697). Bishop of Padua (1664-1697). Doctor in utroque iure (Padua)
  9. Giannicolò Conti di Poli (aged 72) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Maria Traspontinae (1666-1691) (died January 20, 1698) Bishop of Ancona.
  10. Giulio Spinola.(aged 77) [Genoa], Cardinal Priest of San Martino ai Monti (died March 11, 1691). Bishop of Nepi and Sutri. [left the Conclave on September 24, 1689, due to illness].
  11. Giovanni Delfino (aged 72) [Venice], Cardinal Priest of SS. Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia (died July 19, 1699). Patriarch of Aquileia.   Arrived at the Conclave on September 5.
  12. Emmanuel de la Tour d'Auvergne de Bouillon (aged 46) [France], Cardinal Priest of S. Pietro in Vincoli, subsequently Bishop of Albano (1689-1698). Succeeded Cardinal Cibò as Bishop of Ostia in 1700 [Cappelletti, Chiese d' Italia I (Venezia 1844), 480-481, 487]. (died March 2, 1715)
  13. Carlo Cerri (aged 79) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Adriano al Foro (1670-1690). (died May 14, 1690). Bishop of Ferrara (1670-1690). [In the privilegium of the conclavists (Bullarium Romanum 20, p. 3 column 2) and in the motu proprio of the dapiferi (Bullarium Romanum 20, 6, column 1, Cerri is listed as tituli S. Adriani S.R.E. presbyter Cardinalis; S. Adriano must have been raised to a titulus for him]
  14. Gasparo Carpegna (aged 64) [Romanus], Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Trastevere (1689–1698) Subsequently Bishop of Sabina (died April 6, 1714). Vicar General of Rome
  15. César d'Estrées (aged 58) [France] Cardinal Priest of Santissima Trinità al Monte Pincio (1675–1698). Subsequently Bishop of Albano (died December 18, 1714). Former Bishop of Laon .
  16. Pierre de Bonzi (aged 59) [Florence], Cardinal Priest of S. Onofrio (1676.–1689). Archbishop of Narbonne (died July 11, 1703)
  17. Vincenzo Maria Orsini de Gravina, OP (aged 40) [Neapoolitanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Sisto (died February 21, 1730). Archbishop of Benevento. Subsequently Bishop of Frascati, then Porto, and then Rome.
  18. Federico Baldeschi Colonna (aged 63) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Anastasia (1685–1691) (died October 4,1691) [Left the Conclave on June 29]
  19. Francesco Nerli (aged 53) [Florence], Cardinal Priest of S. Matteo in Merulana (1673–1704). (died April 8, 1708). Former Archbishop of Florence, and Former Bishop of Assisi. Secretary of State of Clement X . Doctor in utroque iure (Pisa).
  20. Girolamo Casanate (aged 69) [Naples], Cardinal Priest of Ss. Nereo ed Achilleo (1686–1689) (died March 3, 1700). Doctor in utroque iure (Naples).
  21. Galeazzo Marescotti (aged 61) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of SS. Quirico e Giulitta (1681–1700). Former Bishop of Tivoli (died July 3, 1726). Doctor in utroque iure.
  22. Fabrizio Spada (aged 46) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Crisogono (1689–1708). Subsequently Bishop of Palestrina (died June 15, 1717). Doctor in utroque iure (Perugia).
  23. Philip Thomas Howard of Norfolk, OP (aged 59) [England], Cardinal Priest of S. Maria sopra Minerva (1679–1694). (died June 17, 1694). Archpriest of the Liberian Basilica (S. Maria Maggiore)
  24. Giovanni Battista Spinola (aged 76) [Genoa], Cardinal Priest of S. Cecilia (1681–1696). Former Archbishop of Genoa. Doctor in utroque iure.
  25. Antonio Pignatelli del Rastrello (aged 74) [Naples], Cardinal Priest of S. Pancrazio (1681–1691). Inquisitor of Malta (1646-1652); Nuncio to Warsaw; Nuncio to Vienna (1658-1664); Archbishop of Naples (1687-1691). Doctor in utroque iure (Rome).  In 1691 he was elected Pope Innocent XII.
  26. Savo Millini (aged 45) [Romanus], Cardinal Priest of S. Maria del Popolo (1686–1689) Bishop of Orvieto. (died February 10, 1701). Doctor in utroque iure (Rome, Sapienza) 
  27. Federico Visconti (aged 72) [Milan], Priest of SS. Bonifacio ed Alessio (1681–1693). Archbishop of Milan Doctor in utroque iure (Pavia)
  28. Raimondo Capizucchi, OP (aged 74) [Romanus], former Master of the Sacred Palace. Cardinal Priest of S. Maria degli Angeli (1687–1691). (died on April 22, 1691)
  29. Francesco Lorenzo Brancati di Lauria, OFM Conv. (aged 77) [Siena], Cardinal Priest of Ss. XII Apostoli (1681–1693). (died November 30, 1693). S.R.E. Bibliothecarius. Professor of philosophy, lecturer in Theology.
  30. Giacomo de Angelis (aged 78) [Pisa}. Cardinal Priest of S. Maria in Ara Coeli (1686–1695) (died September 15, 1695) Doctor in utroque iure (Pisa)
  31. Opizio Pallavicino (aged 57) [Genoa], Cardinal Priest without title. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Martino ai Monti (1689–1700). (Died February 11, 1700). Bishop of Spoleto. Doctor in utroque iure.
  32. Marcantonio Barbarigo (aged 49) [Venice], Cardinal Priest of S. Susanna (1686–1697). (died May 26, 1706) Bishop of Montefiascone e Corneto. Doctor in utroque iure (Padua).
  33. Carlo Stefano Ciceri (aged 72) [Como], Cardinal Priest of S. Agostino (1687–1694). (died June 24, 1694). Bishop of Como. Doctor in utroque iure (Bologna).
  34. Leopold Karl von Kollonitz (Lipot Kollonics) (aged 58) [German], Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of of S. Girolamo dei Schiavoni/Croati (1689–1707). (died January 20, 1707). Bishop of Györ.
  35. Pier Matteo Petrucci, Orat. (aged 52) [Jesi] Cardinal Priest of S. Marcello (died July 5, 1701). Doctor in utroque iure (Macerata).
  36. Wilhelm Egon von Fürstenberg (aged 59), Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Onofrio (1689-1704). (died April 10, 1704). Former Bishop of Strasbourg. Arrived on September 27, 1689.
  37. Jan Casimir Dönhoff (aged 40) [Poland], Priest of S. Giovanni a Porta Latina (1686–1697) (died June 20, 1697). Bishop of Cesena.
  38. José Sáenz de Aguirre, OSB (aged 59) [Spanish], Cardinal Priest of S. Balbina (1687–1694) (died August 19, 1699). (Giuseppe d'Aghirro) (aged 61) [Spain] Doctor of Theology (Salamanca).
  39. Leandro di Colloredo, Orat. (aged 50) [Friuli], Cardinal Priest Priest of S. Pietro in Montorio (1686-1689). (died January 11, 1709). Maior Penitentiarius. [Guarnacci I, columns 269-272; Cardella 7, 290-295].
  40. Fortunato Caraffa della Spina (aged 58) [Naples], Cardinal Priest of SS. Giovanni e Paolo (1687–1697). (died January 16, 1697). Bishop of Aversa.

  41. Francesco Maidalchini (aged 68) {of Viterbo], nephew of Olimpia Maidalchini, wife of Innocent X's brother. Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Via Lata (1666-1689). (died June, 1700). [At the Conclave of 1676 he had already been Cardinal Protodeacon]
  42. Niccolò Acciaioli (aged 59) [Florence], Cardinal Deacon of SS. Cosma e Damiano. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Callisto (1689–1693) (died February 23, 1719) Doctorate in Law (Rome)
  43. Urbano Sacchetti (aged 49) [Romanus], Cardinal Deacon of S. Nicola in Carcere (1681–1689). (died April 6, 1705). Bishop of Viterbo and Toscanella.
  44. Gianfrancesco Ginetti (aged 63) [Romanus, Velitrensis], Cardinal Deacon of of S. Angelo in Pescheria (1682–1689). (died September 18, 1691) Archbishop of Fermo. Former Treasurer General of the Apostolic Camera.
  45. Benedetto Pamphili, O.S.Io.Hieros. (aged 36) [Romanus], Cardinal Deacon of S. Agata alla Suburra (1688–1693) (died March 22, 1730). Legate in Bologna.
  46. Domenico Maria Corsi (aged 51 or 56) [Florence], (died November 6, 1697). Cardinal Deacon of S. Eustachio (1686-1696). Bishop of Rimini, Legate in Romandiola.
  47. Giovanni Francesco Negroni (aged 60) [Genoa], Cardinal Deacon of S. Cesareo in Palatio (1686–1696). (died January 1, 1713). Bishop of Faenza. [He left the Conclave because of illness on October 4, 1689]
  48. Fulvio Astalli (aged 34) [Romanus]. Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Cosmedin (died January 14, 1721) Nephew of Cardinal Francesco Maidalchini.
  49. Gasparo Cavalieri (aged 41), Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Aquiro (1686-1689) Archbishop of Capua (1687-1690). (died August 17, 1690). [Both the privilegium for the conclavists and the motu proprio for the dapiferi gives him the Deaconry of S. Giorgio in Velabro]
  50. Francesco Maria de' Medici (aged 29) [Florence], son of Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Vittoria Della Rovere. Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Domnica (died February 3, 1711). Brother of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who was married to an Austrian Archduchess. Protector of Austria (Conjectures politiques, 49). Representative of the King of Spain
  51. Rinaldo d'Este (aged 34) [Modena]. Son of Duke Francesco I and Lucrezia Barberini; his sister Mary of Modena was married to King James II of England. Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria della Scala (1688-1695). He resigned from the Cardinalate in 1695 in order to procreate another d'Este, which he succeeded in doing. He died in 1737.

Cardinals not attending:

  1. Francesco Buonvisi (aged 60) [Lucca], Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Stefano al Monte Celio (1689–1700) Titular Bishop of Thessalonike. Nuncio in Poland, then in Austria. Doctor in utroque iure (Rome, Sapienza)
  2. Ludovicus (Luis) de Portocarrero (aged 55), Cardinal-Priest of S. Sabina (1670–1698) Later Suburbicarian Bishop of Palestrina (died September 14, 1709) Archbishop of Toledo. Spanish Minister of State.
  3. Verissimo de Alencastro [Lencastre] (aged 73) [Lisbon, Portugal]. Cardinal Priest without titulus. (died December 12, 1692). Doctor in utroque iure (Coimbra). Inquisitor General of Portugal and the Azores (1679-1692).
  4. Marcello Durazzo (aged 54) [Genoa], Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Prisca (1689–1701). (died April 27, 1710). Bishop of Carpentras (1687-1690). Doctor in utroque iure (Perugia). [omitted in both the privilegium for the conclavists and the motu proprio for dapiferi]
  5. Angelo Maria Ranuzzi (aged 63), Cardinal Priest without titulus (died September 27, 1689) Archbishop of Bologna (1688-1689)  He was Nuncio in France, and was on his way back to Rome to participate in the Conclave, but he died at Fano,  during the Conclave, on September 27, 1689. At the time of his death he was under active consideration as papabile.  [omitted in both the privilegium for the conclavists and the motu proprio for dapiferi]
  6. Augustyn Michal Stefan Radziejowski (aged 43), Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Maria della Pace (1689–1705). (died October 11, 1705). Archbishop of Gniezno. Nephew of King Jan III Sobieski of Poland. Regent of Poland 1703-1704.
  7. Etienne Le Camus (aged 49) [France], Cardinal Priest without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Pietro in Montorio (1689–1696). (died October 19, 1696). Bishop of Grenoble, France. Doctor of Theology (Sorbonne)
  8. Johannes von Goes [Goessen] (aged 77) [Bruxelles, Flandre], Cardinal Priest (1686) without titulus. Later Cardinal Priest of S. Pietro in Montorio (1689-1696), Bishop of Gurk. (died October 19, 1696). [arrived too late to participate]
  9. Pedro de Salazar (aged 59) [Spain], Cardinal Priest of S. Croce in Gerusalemme (1689-1706). (died August 15, 1706). Bishop of Córdoba


The ceremonies of the Enclosure of the Conclave took place on Tuesday, August 23. On Wednesday morning, August 24, the Cardinals began with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, sung by Cardinal Bichi, in the Sistine Chapel.  They then settled down to their first scrutiny, which also took place in the Sistine Chapel [Distinto Ragguaglio dell essequie p. 6] .  All of the papal bulls pertaining to Conclaves were read, and copies were distributed to each Cardinal. Cardinal Ottoboni entered the Conclave, having been unwilling to face the noise and confusion of the preceding day;  he was greeted loudly by his supporters, which made some wonder whether the Pope was not arriving.

The creature of Alexander VII (1655-1667), were gathered behind the leadership of Cardinal Chigi: Antonio Bichi, Giacomo Franzoni, Gregorio Barbarigo, Giannicolò Conti di Poli, Giulio Spinola, Giovanni Delfino, and Paluzzo Altieri. Paluzzo had his own group, the creature of his adopted uncle Clement X (1670-1676), which included Benedetto Pamphili, Fulvio Astalli,  and also Gaspar Carpegna, Vinzenzo Maria Orsini, Frederico Colonna, Francesco Nerli, Girolamo Casanate, Galeazzo Marescotti, Fabrizio Spada, and Philip Thomas Howard.  They are said to have tended in the direction of the French interest.  If Chigi and Paluzzo Altieri could remain united, they could determine the direction of the pratticà.

The creature of Innocent XI comprised the largest bloc in the Conclave, numbering twenty-six—but they included several Germans, several Florentines, and a few Genoese, two Venetians and two Neapolitans.  They were under the direction of Don Livio Odescalchi, but he was not a cardinal, and without a leader cohesion could not be expected.   Nonetheless, trusting to his prestige and numbers, he expected to be the Great Elector, whose cardinals would elect the next pope.

The creature of Clement IX (1667-1669) were few in number:  Cardinal de Bouillon, Carlo Cerri and Niccolò Acciaioli—but, because of the death of the two Rospigliosi cardinals, they were at liberty.

it must be granted, however, that the classification of cardinals according to the pope who created them is not a reliable guide to voting habits.  Regional loyalty and discipline, especially French, Spanish, Venetian, and Neapolitan, often outweighs loyalty to a papal family.  Some cardinals were given red hats at the request of some government, and were expected to serve their interests.  Furstenburg, former Bishop of Strasbourg and former coadjutor Archbishop of Cologne, for instance, though a German, had been appointed at the request of Louis XIV.   Some cardinals had pensions (retainers) from various governments, and were expected to favor the interests of those governments.

The Hapsburg interest was much diminished by the tiny number of cardinals and the absence of one of them; in fact the Emperor was being represented inside the Conclave by Francesco Maria Cardinal de' Medici, the younger brother of Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany and Protector of Austria and Spain. The Emperor Leopold provided him with a list of twenty-one acceptable soggetti (Bischoffshausen, 16-17), which was not much of a help in guiding him toward a candidate. As Ambassador Extraordinary, the Emperor Leopold appointed Prince Anton Florian von Lichtenstein (Bischoffshausen, 13-14), whose mission extended beyond the conclave to the obtaining of additional subsidies for the war against the Turks.  The Turks had been stopped at the walls of Vienna in 1683 by an allied army led by King John III Sobieski of Poland-Lithuania. They had been driven out of Hungary (1686) and Belgrade had been liberated (1688). But the situation in the Balkans was still extremely grave. and it was essential to continue the crusading spirit.

Throughout September, Cardinal d'Estrées had been trying systematically to delay the proceedings in the Conclave until the French contingent should arrive.  On September 19, the Spanish Ambassador, the Marquis de Cocolludo, remarked in a letter to Cardinal de'Medicis, the brother of the Grand Duke of Tuscany and Spanish agent inside the conclave [Petruccelli III, 315 n.1]:

On attribue la cessation de toutes les tractations au cardinal d'Estrées, qui demande que l'on ne fasse rien jusqu'à ce qu'arrivent les cardinaux français et le duc de Chaulnes, qui sont el Espiritu Santo en que el conclave quiere que creamos todos.

Cardinal d'Estrées, in fact, had information from France.  He had received a packet of letters from Versailles, written on August 24, 1689 (the Pope had died on the 12th), informing him that the three French cardinals and the Duke de Chaulnes had departed for Rome. He presented the letter to the General Congregation, and thoughtfully had the Secretary of the Conclave pass around to the Cardinals an Italian translation, whereupon d'Estrées gave a graceful address praising the zeal and piety of Louis XIV, which was demonstrated by His Majesty's sending an extraordinary ambassador who was. like a dove, bearing the olive branch of peace.  That speech, and the rumor that the French would be debarking at Livorno at any time, decided many of the Cardinals to wait for the arrival of the French.  The longer the delay, however, the greater was the criticism endured by Cardinal d'Estrées.

As late as September 12, according to the Marquis d'Orsy in his report to the Duke of Modena, there had been no movement.  People were waiting for the French, and one candidate after another was proposed only to be discarded—as expected [Petruccelli III, 335].  As Cardinal Medici certainly knew, there was a right moment for a candidate, before which one should negotiate and temporize.  He did not want to drive d'Estrées or anyone else into using a veto on Ottoboni.  On September 20, Medici wrote to the Spanish Ambassador, "Il n'y a ni obligation ni promesse d'attendre les Français.  La nature des négociations l'exigue ainsi.  Ottoboni va bien. Ceux qui le favorisent n'ont pas voulu l'endommager par la précipitation, et pousser d'Estrées a lui opposer un obstacle irréparable, l'exclusion, obligé qu'il est d'attendre ses compatriotes." [tr.  Petruccelli III, 335]   But to test the sentiments of the cardinals on the subject of a Venetian pope (Ottoboni), his friends decided to work by indirection. The friends of Cardinal Chigi proposed a Venetian, but it was Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo rather than Ottoboni.  Barbarigo, later made a saint by the short-cut method of John XXIII, was known as a good theologian but a with strict and uncompromising personality, a thorougoing Zealot.   He managed to obtain twenty-nine votes, though Chigi and his group withheld their support.  A Venetian was indeed a possibility,  though Barbarigo could muster no additional votes for his candidature.  Something else, however, came to light.  Some of the Odescalchi group (the creature of Innocent XI) had participated in the little experiment with Barbarigo, while others had been unaware.  When the maneuvre concerning Barbarigo became common knowledge, not only did it cause considerable indignation in the Sacred College, it split the Odescalchi group.   And yet, since Chigi and the known friends of Ottoboni had not taken part, saying publicly that they were observing their agreement to wait for the French cardinals to arrive,  there was no damage to the Ottoboni candidacy.

A letter written on September 27 by the envoy of Savoy recounts that the French were already known to have passed Livorno, where there had nearly been a battle when thirty-eight galleys, under the command of the Duc de Noailles and carrying the Duc de Chaulnes and the French cardinals, because the Governor of Livorno had not given a salute to the French flag.  The galleys finally reached Civitavecchia and the passengers were on their way to Rome by land.

On September 27, Chaulnes' associate, the Marquis de Torny, wrote to his father, who was a Secretary of State for foreign affairs, that Cardinal Ottoboni had quite a wide base of support, the Zelanti, Cardinal Delfino, and Cardinal Chigi; the creatures of Innocent XI were not hostile, and it was only the Altieri faction that was in doubt.  It was also on the 27th, in the evening, that three French cardinals finally entered Conclave: Bouillon, Bonzi, and Furstenburg.  Furstenburg managed to slip into the Conclave the Marquis de Choisy as his conclavist. And on September 27, at Fano, Cardinal Angelo Ranuzzi died; he had been on his way from his Nunciature in France.

The Duc de Chaulnes began to make trouble immediately upon his arrival in Rome. He demanded to be admitted to the presence of the Cardinals at once, as the Ambassador of his Most Christian Majesty.  A protest was immediately entered by the Duke de Cocolludo, who had been compelled by Innocent XI under oath to renounce the 'right' of extraterritoriality in Rome, and the Pope had sworn likewise not to admit any ambassador who had not also renounced 'la franchise de son quartier';  unless Chaulnes made the same renunciation,  Cocolludo would repudiate his oath. {Histoire des conclaves II, supplement pp. 48-49].  It took the cardinals three days to sort out the mess, during which all progress toward the election of a pope was halted.  The French Cardinals finally made formal announcement to the Sacred College that the Duc de Chaulnes, Ambassador of the French King, had arrived in Rome and was resident in the palazzo d'Estrées, and that he renounced the right of extraterritoriality.   It was agreed by a vote of 44-6 that the Duc should be received at the Entrance to the Conclave.  And so he was, on October 1. The reply to his address was made by Cardinal Ottoboni, who was the senior Cardinal Bishop present.  He flattered France, its King, the King's Ambassador, and the French Cardinals to the best of his abilities, assuring them of the personal esteem and good will which he had toward them all.  Finally, Cardinal Chigi understood, the moment had arrived to strike the deal.

The Venetians had been engaged in negotiations since before the death of Innocent XI in favor of Cardinal Ottoboni. Through their ambassadors in Madrid and Vienna they already had the agreement of the Emperor and the King of Spain. Chigi, through the discreet agency of Cardinals Colonna, Nerli, and Casanate, had managed to attract a number of votes of the Odescalchi faction.  Cardinal Medici had made certain that the Imperial and Spanish factions would add their votes.  But Cardinal Paluzzo Altieri and the rest of the Odescalchi faction needed to be squared, and the French were still a problem. Although the minds of the cardinal electors were already fixed on Pietro Ottoboni of Venice (subsequently Alexander VIII), it was not until both the candidate and his nephew gave undertakings that they would seek reconciliation with the French government that an election could proceed. When Paluzzo Altieri was persuadedl, which was not difficult, the French were quick to jump aboard the train.


Pietro Ottoboni, Alexander VIIIFinally, after eighty days, Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, who was 79 years of age, was elected unanimously on October 6, 1689. He took the name Alexander in honor of Alexander VII (Chigi), whose nephew had been instrumental in securing his election. He was crowned on October 16 and on October 28 took possession of the Lateran Basilica, his cathedral seat [Cancellieri, pp.303-312].

His nephew, Giambattista Rubini, Bishop of Vicenza, was made a cardinal (February 13, 1690). Another nephew, Pietro Ottoboni, was also made a Cardinal. His brother, Marco Ottoboni, married a niece of Cardinal Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri in 1690. One of his sisters, Cornelia Zeno Ottoboni, was married to Prince Urbano Barberini third Prince of Palastrina.

Msgr. Mario Spinola was named Secretary of Briefs. and Msgr. Bandino (Bernardo) Panciatici, the Secretary of the SC for Bishops and Regulars, became Datary and Patriarch of Jerusalem. In 1690 he was created Cardinal [Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica 51, 93].















Relatione dell' ultima infermita, e morte di nostro signore PP. Innocenzo XI  (Roma 1689).   Distinto Ragguaglio delle pratiche tenutesi nel conclave dell' esaltazione al pontificato di N. S il pp. Alessandro VIII nell' a. del S. 1689, li 6 d'ottob. [Codex Vaticanus 9493]. [non vidi]. Distinto Ragguaglio dell' Essequie fatte in S. Pietro per la felice memoria d' Innocenzo XI (Roma Francesco Leone 1689).


Sincero racconto delle cerimonie fatte nell' elezione del nuovo Sommo Pontefice Alessandro VIII. si in Conclave, come nella Basilica di San Pietro (Roma: Giovanni Francesco Buagni 1691) [2 pages]   Esatissima descrizione delle cirimonie fatte nella Coronazione di Nostro Signore Papa Alessandro VIII. (Roma: Giovanni Francesco Buagni 1691).


Mario Guarnacci, Vitae et Res Gestae Pontificum Romanorum et S. R. E. Cardinalium a Clemente X. usque ad Clementem XII. Tomus primus (Romae: Venantii Monaldini 1751). Lorenzo Cardella, Memorie storiche de' Cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa Tomo settimo (Roma: Pagliarini 1793). [Consistories of 1641-1689]


Francesco Cancellieri, Storia de' solenni Possessioni de' Sommi Pontefici, detti anticamente Processi o Processioni dopo la loro Coronazione dalla Basilica Vaticana alla Lateranense (Roma: Luigi Lazzarini 1802). G. Moroni, Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica Vol. 1 (Venezia 1841) 253; Vol 36 (Venezia 1846) 24-25.  F. Petruccelli della Gattina, Histoire diplomatique des conclaves   Tome III (Paris 1864).  Leopold von Ranke, History of the Popes of Rome during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (tr. S. Austin) (Philadelphia 1841), III, 117-124.   Charles Gérin, "Le Pape Alexandre VIII et Louis XIV, d'après des documents inédits," Revue des questions historiques 22 (1877) 135-210.  Eugene Michaud, Le pape Alexandre VIII et le duc de Chaulnes d' après les correspondances diplomatiques inédites du Ministère des affaires étrangers de France (Berne 1888).  Sigismund von Bischoffshausen, Papst Alexander VIII und der Wiener Hof (1689-1691) (Stuttgart-Wien 1900) 1-53.  M. Dubruel, "Le pape Alexandre. VIII et les affaires de France. Le conclave de 1689," Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique XV (1914), 282-302, 495-514.  Ludwig Wahrmund, Das Ausschliessungsrecht (Jus exclusivae) der katholischen Staaten Österreich, Frankreich und Spanien bei den Papstwahlen (Wien 1888), pp. 158-166.  G. Gerin, "Alexandre VIII et Louis XIV,"  Revue des questions historiques 22 (1877) 135-210.


On the Marquis de Lavardan, see: Gabriel Hanotaux (editor), Recueil des instructions données aux Ambassadeurs et Ministres de France: Rome Tome I (Paris 1888) 287-363, especially Louis XIV's instructions in the event of a conclave (July 14, 1687), 346-357.  Charles Gérin L' ambassade de Lavardan et la séquestration du Nonce Ranucci 1687-1689 (Paris 1874), especially 49-56.   P. Blet, "Louis XIV et le Saint Siège," XVIIe Siècle, no. 123 (1979), pp. 137—154.


F. De Bojani, Innocent XI, sa correspondance avec ses nonces  II (Rome 1910) pp. 467-479; III (Roma 1912).


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