V., Pope. Alexander b. 1339 d. May 3, 1410 Roman Catholic Antipope. Born Petros Philarges on the island of Crete, he entered the Franciscan order at a young age. While he was studying in Paris, France the Roman Catholic Church split, known as the Great Schism, which resulted in two Popes. In 1405 Petros was created Cardinal by Pope Innocent VII and spent the majority of his time campaigning for the re-unification of the church. In 1409 the Council of Pisa was held and they elected Petros as Pope Alexander V, deposing the rival Popes...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Francesco, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
III., Pope. Hadrian Pope. Born in Rome, he was elected in the beginning of the year 884. He vindicated those who had been falsely accused and revealed the names of those who were involved, publicly humiliating them. He died suspiciously near Modena in northern Italy in September of 885. Many suspected foul play, especially that his body was never returned to Rome but rather buried quickly at the abbey in Nonantula. (Bio by: MC) Nonatola Abbey, Nonantola, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
, Saint. Petronius d. 450 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint, Patron Saint of Bologna. Believed to be a Roman official who visited the holy land. The visits that he made influenced him to enter the priesthood and he became bishop of Bologna in about 432. His main achievements were the repair of many buildings and churches destroyed by the Goths and the building of the monastery of Santo Stefano. His feast day is celebrated on 4 October. His tomb is modelled on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Abbazia di Santo Stefano, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: In the church of San Sepolcro
II., Pope. Victor b. 1018 d. July 28, 1057 Pope. His original name was Gebhard. He was known for being very inteligent. In 1042 he became Bishop of Eichstätt, a postition he held until his death. In 1050 he became the chancellor of Emperor Heinrich III. The tow men developed a close friendship. Both Emperor and Gebhard were reluctant to accept Gebhards nomination for papacy but in 1055 Heinrich changed his mind and convinced Gebhard to become pope. He was enthrone on April 13 1055. He held a council in Florence in which he condemned...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Cause of death: High fever Chiesa di Santa Maria Rotonda, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Agostini, Lodovico b. 1534 d. September 20, 1590 Composer. An important figure of the late Renaissance period. He was a distinguished Catholic cleric whose compositions were entirely secular and progressive in style and form. His "Third Book of Madrigals" (1582) is the earliest known collection of music written for female voices. The illegitimate son of a priest, he was born in Ferrara, Italy, and spent most of his life there. He enjoyed equally successful careers as a court musician under Duke Alfonso II d'Este and in the Ferrarese church...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Alighieri, Dante b. 1265 d. September 14, 1321 Author. Born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy the son of Alighiero di Bellincione Alighieri, a notary, and his first wife. His studies included rhetoric, grammar, philosophy, literature , theology, philosophy, and theology. In 1293 he joined the guild of physicians and apothecaries in order to gain entry into the political life of the city. About that same year he published 'Vita Nuova' a combination of lyrical verse and poetic prose telling the story of his love for Beatrice. About 1295 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Dante Tomb, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Antonioni, Michelangelo b. September 29, 1912 d. July 30, 2007 Motion Picture Director, Screenwriter. Born in Ferrara, Italy. He received an Academy Award-Nomination for the 1966 film "Blow-Up". During the course of his career, Antonioni worked with such film stars as Alain Delon, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Richard Harris and Jack Nicholson. His other notable films include, "Story of a Love Affair" (1950), "The Adventure" (1960), "The Red Desert" (1964), "Three Faces of a Woman" (1965), "Zabriskie Point" (1969), "The Passenger" (1975) and "Beyond...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bacciochi, Elisa b. January 3, 1777 d. August 7, 1820 French Nobility. Sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born Maria Anna Bonaparte in Ajaccio, Corsica. Married Felix Pasquale Bacciochi on 1st May 1797 in Marseille. Napoleon made her princess of Piombino and Lucca (1805) and grand duchess of Tuscany (1809). Elisa was a competent administrator and was admired for her intelligence. After Waterloo she lived in retirement and died in Trieste. (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Baluffi, Cardinal. Gaetano b. March 28, 1788 d. November 11, 1866 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Ancona, Gaetano Baluffi came from a noble family. Receiving his education at the seminary of his birthplace and later at the University of Fano, from where he earned doctorates in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws., he was prdained priest in March 1811. Established soon a name as a capable writer, he lectured rhetoric and served as pro-vicar general of the diocese of Ancona from 1824 until 1833, when he was appointed bishop of the titular see of...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero di Imola, Imola, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Cappella della Beata Vergine delle Laudi (Lato Nord, seconda dalle porte).
Banchieri, Adriano b. September 3, 1568 d. 1634 Composer, Theorist, Author. A versatile figure of the early Baroque era. Along with Orazio Vecchi he was the leading creator of "Madrigal Comedies", a popular Italian theatre genre of the 1600s. Once considered a forerunner of opera, these entertainments presented groups of related songs to tell a story without plot or staging, and were closer in spirit to musical comedy or cabaret revue. Banchieri wrote the music and texts for 12 such comedies, and their earthy humor is still ingratiating...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Bernardo, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Banks, Arthur b. October 6, 1923 d. December 20, 1944 World War II George Cross Recipient. Born in Llanddulas, North Wales, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1942 and became a Flight Sergeant in the 112 Squadron, Desert Air Force. In late August 1944, he was shot down over Northern Italy while undertaking an armed reconnaissance operation. He tried to reach the Allied lines, but had much difficulty due to heavy enemy activity. During the following months he managed to join up with a partisan resistant group and helped them in actions against...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Argenta, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III, A, 7.
Bassi, Ugo b. August 12, 1800 d. August 8, 1849 Italian Patriot. Joining the Barnabite order after an unsuccessful love story, he was an ardent follower of Giuseppe Garibaldi in his fight for Italian independence. Known to have endangered his life several times while assisting the wounded under heavy fire, after a long search, he was captured along with count Giovanni Livraghi near Comacchio and escorted to Bologna by Austrian troops. Convicted by a military tribunal with having been caught carrying arms, both men were executed by firing...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bergonzi, Carlo b. July 13, 1924 d. July 25, 2014 Opera Singer. A largely self-taught lyrico spinto tenor who certainly never looked the part of a romantic lead, he is remembered for performing the principal roles of the tenor repertoire for close to half a century. The child of a cheese maker, he was raised in Northern Italy and learned to sing in church. During World War II, he served in the Italian Army but was caught in anti-Nazi activities and spent three years in a German P.O.W. camp. After the conflict he determined to have a career in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero di Vidalenzo, Parma, Provincia di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy