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Royal Genealogy

Cardinal Francesco Maria Mancini

Positions Held

Cardinal-Priest of San Matteo in Merulana 1670–72†
Cardinal-Deacon of Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia 1660–70
Governor of Terni, 1636-37[8]
Governor of Sabina, 1637[8]
Governor of Norcia, 1637-38[8]
Governor of Todi, 1638-39[8]


After obtaining a degree in canon and civil law, he joined the prelature. In 1633, he was appointed Referendary of the Tribunals of the Apostolic Signature of Justice and of Grace, and held a number of other administrative posts within the Church. From 1639 to 1644, he was auditor to Cardinal Barberini, and in 1645, secretary-general of Good Government. By 1649, Cardinal Mazarin was planning to have him made cardinal through a recommendation to the king of Poland, but this was hindered due to the unfavourable relations between the Papacy and France at the time. In 1654, Francesco Maria was given the task of resolving the conflict that had developed with the nunciature in Spain, but had little success. On his return from Spain, he resumed his activity with the Good Government. After being appointed cardinal in 1660, he was given control of the French abbeys of St-Martin in Laon, Maison de Dieu in Clermont, St-Lucien in Beauvais, and St-Pierre du Mont in Châlons. He had no significant role in the political scene of Rome under Pope Alexander VII, and continued to be occupied with his administrative posts. Because he supported France during its conflict with the Pope in 1663-64, he was excluded from the centre of curial power. He was troubled over the scandalous events concerning his nieces, but displayed a level of tolerance towards those of Hortense. He, however, joined the rest of the family in the effort to have her sent to a monastery after her affair with Courbeville. He participated on the conclaves of 1667 and 1669-70.[8]

Place of birth: Rome[8]
Place of death: Marino, Albano[8]
Place of burial: Church of San Barnaba, Marino[8]



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