Pope Gregory XV: Instructions for Papal Nuncios

Scope and Content

'Instruzioni di Roma per diverse nunziature', 27 instructions for papal nuncios in and outside Italy, written in a single hand throughout (428ff.). The volume has the bookplate of the Earl of Guilford.

There are intructions to (f.1) Alessandro Scappi, Bishop of Campagna, nuncio to the Swiss of the seven Catholic cantons, 12 May 1621; (f.25) Alphonso Gilioli, Bishop of Anglona, nuncio to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, 20 August 1622; (f.36) D. Tobia, 'Corona de Chierici Regri. di S. Paolo', to the King of France and the Duke of Savoy, 18 July 1621; (f.60) Dr. Leone Allatio, Greek writer in Vatican Library, to go to Germany, 23 October 1622; (f.69) Duke of Fiano, to take, 'in deposito', the fortresses of Valtellina, 14 February 1623; (f.99) Corsino, Archbishop of Patras, nuncio to Flanders, 1 May 1621 (Guido di Bagno was Archbishop, 1614-28); (f.120) Alessandro di Sangro, Patriarch of Alexandria and Archbishop of Benvenuto, to the King of Spain, 5 April 1621; (f.146) Ottaviano Corsini, Bishop of Tarsus, nuncio to France. 4 April 1621; (f.178) Hieronymus Verospi, Cardinal, Bishop of Osimo, nuncio to Emperor Ferdinand II, 13 January 1622; (f.204) Verospi, to negotiate with the Emperor about Cardinal Cleselio and his affairs, 13 January 1622; (f.208) Verospi, to congratulate the Emperor and Empress on their marriage, 13 January 1622; (f.212) Matteo Baglioni, to go to Milan, 1 April 1623; (f.218) Duke of Fiano, sent to take Valtellina fortresses, on negotiations with princes and lords, 9 April 1623; (f.225) Pietro Aldobrandini, lieutenant-general, for raising in Germany a Catholic infantry regiment which the Pope will send to assist Emperor Ferdinand II, 1 June 1621; (f.229) Giambattista Pamfili (later Pope Innocent X), nuncio to King of Naples, 26 March 1621; (f.238) Laudivius Zacchia, Bishop of Montefiascone, nuncio to Venice, 1 June 1621; (f.260) Innocenzo De' Massimi, Bishop of Bertinoro, nuncio to Tuscany, 25 March 1621; (f.262) Antonio Albergati, Bishop of Bisceglie, appointed 'Collettore' in the Kingdom of Portugal, 4 March 1622; (f.282) Pietro Francisco Montorio, Bishop of Nicastro, nuncio in Cologne, 31 July 1621; (f.303) Giambattista Lancellotti, Bishop of Nola, nuncio in Poland, 10 December 1622; (f.331) Innocenzo De' Massimi, Bishop of Bertinoro, nuncio to Spain to negotiate dispensation for the marriage of King's daughter with the Prince of England, 12 April 1623; (f.344) Guillaume du Nozet, Bishop of Seleucia, legate at Avignon; (f.351) Carlo Carafa, Bishop of Aversa, nuncio in Germany, 12 April 1621; (f.382) [Giuseppe Acquaviva], Archbishop of Thebes, nuncio to Spain to condole on King's death, and to congratulate new King on his succession and birth of first child to the Queen, 16 October 1621; (f.388) Acquaviva, nuncio to King of Spain to negotiate on German affairs, 16 October 1621; (f.398) [Acquaviva], nuncio to Spain to negotiate the league against the Turks, 16 October 1621; and (f.415) [Acquaviva], nuncio to Spain, to negotiate on the deposit of Valtelline fortresses, 16 October 1621.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gregory XV (1554-1623), born Alessandro Ludovisi, was Pope from 1621 to 1623.

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Purchased 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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