Francesco Barberini
Francesco Barberini
Historical Figure
Nationality: Italy
Religion: Catholicism
Date of Birth: 1597
Date of Death: 1679
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Catholic Cardinal
Relatives: Pope Urban VIII (uncle), Antonio Barberini and Taddeo Barberini (brothers)
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1634: The Galileo Affair
1634: The Bavarian Crisis
1635: The Cannon Law
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: May, 1635
Cause of Death: Murder
Francesco Barberini (23 September 1597 – 10 December 1679) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal. The nephew of Pope Urban VIII (reigned 1623-1644), he benefited immensely from the nepotism practiced by his uncle. He was given various roles within the Vatican administration but his personal cultural interests, particularly in literature and the arts, meant that he became a highly significant patron. His secretary was the antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo who was also a discerning patron of the arts. Francesco was the elder brother of Cardinal Antonio Barberini and Taddeo Barberini who became Prince of Palestrina.

Francesco Barberini in 1632Edit

In 1634, Francesco Barberini was part of the Commission of Inquiry into Galileo. In May of 1635, he was captured by Francisco de Quevedo while attempting to flee Rome, and was killed by Quevedo.