Franceschetto Cybo
Franceschetto Cybo (c. 1450 – 25 July 1519) was an Italian nobleman, the illegitimate son of Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Innocent VIII
Pope Innocent VIII , born Giovanni Battista Cybo , was Pope from 1484 until his death.-Early years:Giovanni Battista Cybo was born at Genoa of Greek extraction...

 (Giovanni Battista Cybo).

Born in Naples
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, he was married for diplomatic reasons to Lorenzo de' Medici's daughter, Maddalena de' Medici
Maddalena di Lorenzo de' Medici
Maria Maddalena Romola de' Medici was the daughter of Lorenzo de' Medici and Clarice Orsini.Born in Florence, she was educated with her siblings to the humanistic cultures by figures such as Agnolo Poliziano. On February 25, 1487 she married Franceschetto Cybo, son of Pope Innocent VIII...

. He was therefore brother-in-law to Pope Leo X
Pope Leo X
Pope Leo X , born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, was the Pope from 1513 to his death in 1521. He was the last non-priest to be elected Pope. He is known for granting indulgences for those who donated to reconstruct St. Peter's Basilica and his challenging of Martin Luther's 95 Theses...

 (Giovanni de' Medici).

Despite his exceeding passion for card playing, he received from his father important positions in the Papal States
Papal States
The Papal State, State of the Church, or Pontifical States were among the major historical states of Italy from roughly the 6th century until the Italian peninsula was unified in 1861 by the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia .The Papal States comprised territories under...

: governor of Rome (1488), the fiefs of Cerveteri
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 and Anguillara
Anguillara were a baronal family of Latium, especially powerful in Rome and in the current province of Viterbo during the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance....

 (1490) and the title of Count of the Lateran Palace
Lateran Palace
The Lateran Palace , formally the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran , is an ancient palace of the Roman Empire and later the main Papal residence....

. In 1490 he attempted to steal the Papal treasure.

Two years later, after Innocent VIII's death, he moved to Tuscany and Genoa
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, but could return to Rome thanks to the election of the more favourable Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II , nicknamed "The Fearsome Pope" and "The Warrior Pope" , born Giuliano della Rovere, was Pope from 1503 to 1513...

 (1503). Julius gave him the title of Duke of Spoleto.

He died in 1519 after a trip to Tunis
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. He is buried in Innocent VIII's sepulchre in St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
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His sons include Innocenzo Cybo
Innocenzo Cybo
Innocenzo Cybo was an Italian cardinal and archbishop.-Family and education:From the Genoese family Cibo or Cybo, in 1488 the Cybo family purchased Florentine citizenship for a considerable sum of money   Innocenzo was born in Florence on 25 August 1491 to Franceschetto Cybo and...

, a cardinal, Lorenzo Cybo
Lorenzo Cybo
Lorenzo Cybo Malaspina was an Italian general, who was duke of Ferentillo.Born at Sampierdarena , he was the son of Franceschetto Cybo and Maddalena de' Medici: his grandafather was Lorenzo de' Medici and his uncle Pope Leo X...

, founder of the Cybo Malaspina line, and Caterina Cybo, duchess of Camerino
Camerino is a small town of 7.135 inhabitants in the Marches , in the province of Macerata, Italy. It is located in the Apennines bordering Umbria, between the valleys of the rivers Potenza and Chienti, about 40 miles from Ancona....

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