The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

Biographical Dictionary
Pope Alexander II (1061-1073)
Consistory of 1069 (VIII)


(29) 1. ORSINI, Pietro (?-ca. 1073)

Birth. (No date found), Rome.

Education. (No information found).

Early life. Provost for two years of the chapel of S. Giorgio in the Lateran palace. Subdeacon and librarian of the Holy Roman Church; as such, he signed papal bulls issued between January 1063 and April 1069; substituted for Archchancellor Annone from March 1063 until May 1067.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal deacon in a consistory celebrated in 1069 (1); his deaconry is not known. Subscribed, as cardinal deacon and librarian, papal bulls issued between April 13 and May, 1069. Named cardinal priest of S. Clemente, chancellor and librarian of the Holy Roman Church. Subscribed papal bulls issued between January 1070 and April 1073; the bulls concerned benefices granted to the sees of the kingdom of Bohemia; the sees of Bologna, Pisa and Florence; and the monasteries of Montecassino, of Mantua and of S. Frediano of Lucca. Legate in England, together with Cardinal Giovanni Minuzzo of S. Maria in Trastevere; he presided the Council of Winchester in 1070.

Death. Ca. 1073, (no place found). Buried (no information found).

Bibliography. Cardella, Lorenzo. Memorie storiche de' cardinali della Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Stamperia Pagliarini, 1792, I, pt. 1, 160-161; Chacón, Alfonso. Vitæ, et res gestæ Pontificvm Romanorum et S. R. E. Cardinalivm ab initio nascentis Ecclesiæ vsque ad Vrbanvm VIII. Pont. Max. 2 volumes. Romae : Typis Vaticanis, 1677, I, col. 843, no. XVIII; Cristofori, Francesco. Cronotasi dei cardinali di Santa Romana Chiesa. Rome : Tipografia de Propaganda Fide, 1888, p. 84; "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux du XIè siècle". Annuaire Pontifical Catholique 1927. Paris : Maison de la Bonne Presse, 1928, p. 142, no. 20; Mas Latrie, Louis. Trésor de chronologie d'histoire et de géographie pour l'étude et l'emploi des documents du moyen âge. Paris : Librairie Victor Palmé, 1889, col. 1179, no. 18; Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab conditio Ecclesia. Ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII. Graz : Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, 1956. 2 v. Reprint. Originally published : Lipsiae : Veit et comp., 1885-1888. Original t.p. included : Regesta pontificum Romanorum ab condita ecclesia : ad annum post Christum natum MCXCVIII. Editionem secundam correctam et auctam edidit Philippus Jaffè ; auspiciis Gulielmi Wattenbach; curaverunt S. Loewenfeld, F. Kaltenbrunner, P. Ewald, I, 567 and 594.

(1) This is according to "Essai de liste générale des cardinaux. Les cardinaux du XIè siècle". Annuaire Pontifical Catholique 1927, p. 142, no. 20. Cristofori, Cronotasi dei cardinali di Santa Romana Chiesa, p. 84, says that he was promoted to the cardinalate, as priest of S. Clemente, in 1063.

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