Pompeo Colonna
Pompeo Colonna was an Italian Cardinal, politician
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 and condottiero.

Born in Rome
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, he fought very early against the traditional family enemies, the Orsini.

After he entered an ecclesiastical career, he was protonotarius, the bishop of Rieti, and then abbot of Subiaco and Grottaferrata
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When rumours of the imminent death of Pope Julius II
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 spread, he spurred the Roman population to rebel against the Papal authority; however, when the Pope recovered he was condemned. Colonna was later rehabilitated by Leo X, and created cardinal. He then became famous for his banquets and intellectual activities.

He was a protagonist
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 in the Sack of Rome
Sack of Rome (1527)
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, when, with a group of mercenaries and peasants from its fiefs in the Lazio, he took part in the sack and assumed control of the city while his personal enemy, pope Clement VII
Pope Clement VII
Clement VII , born Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, was a cardinal from 1513 to 1523 and was Pope from 1523 to 1534.-Early life:...

, was a prisoner in Castel Sant'Angelo
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He was later legate in Ancona
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 and archbishop of Monreale. In 1530 he was created general lieutenant of the Kingdom of Naples
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 by Emperor Charles V.

Colonna was also a poet. His most famous work is De laudibus mulierum, written for his relative Vittoria Colonna
Vittoria Colonna
Vittoria Colonna , marchioness of Pescara, was an Italian noblewoman and poet.-Biography:The daughter of Fabrizio Colonna, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples, and of Agnese da Montefeltro, Vittoria Colonna was born at Marinoa fief of the Colonna family in the Alban Hills near Rome.Betrothed...


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