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1 177. rest the body of S. Leon, Bishop of Modone. In 1177 Nicolo

Dolfin was one of the thirty commanders of the thirty galleys

armed for the defence of Pope Alessandro III. against Federico

Barbarossa his persecutor.

1356-1361. Giovanni Delfino, who had been Procurator of
S. Mark in 1350.


1407. Leonardo Dolfin became Patriarch of Grado.
. Giovanni Dolfin 2''°, Patriarch of Aquilegia.


1565. Zaccaria Dolfin was created a Cardinal by Pope
Pio V. with the title of S. Marco.

1572. Giovanni Dolfin by Pope Gregorio XIII. with the
same title.

1666. Giovanni Dolfin 2''°, Patriarch of Aquilegia, was created
a Cardinal by Pope Alessandro VII.


1336. Anzolo Dolfin became Bisliop of Venice.
1398. Gerolemo Dolfin, of the same.

Others became Bishops in other cities.

Procurators 01^ S. Marco.

1155. Guielmo Dolfin.

1300. Beletto Dolfin.

1350. Giovanni Dolfin.

1573. Andrea Dolfin.

1598. Giovanni Dolfin 2"".

1626. Pietro Dolfin.

1656. Pieru Dolfin.

1680. Alvize Dolfin.

A dau. of Giovanni da Legge married Fantin Gizza-

mano. *
Another dau. married Girolemo Bragadin.
Another dau. married Vittore Bragadin.

Owing to the war with Barbary, the Bragardini fled to the
Isle of Veglia, where they ranked as gentlemen. They were of
noble blood, distinguished for their wisdom and prudence, and
received the name of 13ragaini. They were the first to be called
upon to undertake the government of the Republic, and were
amongst the twenty-four houses who were Tribunes of Venice. In
982. 982, Badoar Bragain, son of Giacomo, and surnamed Bragadino,

1097. was Captain of the Fleet sent against Narentani. In 1097 Giacomo
Bragardin joined the Crusade to the Holy Land, and, as a reward
for his valour, bore for arms Per fess az. and arg. a cross gu., in



I172. the place of Or, an eagle sab., the original family device. In 1172
Daniel Bragardino was the sole elector of the Doge Sebastian
Ziani, although from other accounts the number of electors was 12.
1 177. Being in command of a galley in 1177, he fought on behalf of
Pope Alessandro III. against Otton, son of the Emperor Federico,
1202. and came off victorious, and in 1202 ho was present with the Doge
1426. Henrico Dandolo at the taking of Constantinople. In 1426 Vittorio
Bragardin, Proveditor of the army, discovered treasonous designs on
the part of Prince Carmignola, Captain General of the Republic.
1420. In 1420 Marco Bragardino, Proveditor, at the taking of Udine and
Triuli, received the submission of those cities on behalf of the
Republic. Andrea Bragardino, named Facella, was appointed in
1472. 1472 Ambassador to accompany the illustrious Queen Cattarina
1520. Cornaro on a voyage to Cyprus. In 1520 Marco Bragardin, of
glorious memory, was general for the Republic in Cyprus during the
war with the Turks. Having withdrawn into the city of Famagosta,
he was there besieged by 150,000 Turks, and after gloriously main-
tainmg the contest and undergoing endless assaults and batteries,
having expended his ammunition and unable longer to continue the
defence, he surrendered to the Turkish General, Mustafa, on con-
dition that he might go where he pleased with his troops without
offence. To this Mustafa agreed, but, breaking faith, had him
taken to Padiglione under pretence of discussing the matter. Upon
his arrival there with the Signor Astor Baglione and other com-
•Witiwr manders, they were deprived of their arms and treacherously
surrounded. Baglione was beheaded, and Bragadino, after suffering
most cruel tortures, was flayed alive, thus reproving the Turkish
barbarian for his breach of faith by patiently suffering martyrdom.
His body was placed by the Turks in the Piazza of F"amagosta,




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where wonderful and glorious signs were seen above his head for
three nights, so that he was accounted blessed by all. It was
afterwards bought by a Greek Bishop for a large sum, and preserved
as a relic. The Bragadini were members of the Great Council.

1641. Marco Antonio Bragadino, Bishop of Vicenza, by Pope
Urbano VIII.

Procurators of S. Marco.

1536. Gerolemo Bragadin, with a salary, on account of the
war with Solimano, the Turkish Sultan.

1655. Daniel Bragadin, also with a salary, on account of the
Turkish war with Candia.

Paola da Legg^e, dau. of Luca, married Piero Vcnicr,

son of Giovanni.
Another dau. of Luca married Piero Venicr, son of Santo.
The Venieri came from Constantinople, but were originally
Romans of the blood of the Emperor Valeriano. They were amongst
the first barons of Constantinople, who expelled the Giustiniani from
the Empire. Giovanni and Francesco Venieri retired to Italy and in

458. 458 to Pavia, afterwards to Vicenza, from whence having been driven

out of Attila, where they took the surname of Vicenti, they came to
Venice. They bore the character of being wise and peaceful, and
were men great and powerful in every way. The Churches of S. Moise

1050. and S. Giovanni were built by them in 1050. They bore for arms (i)
Gu., a pelican arg.; (2) Gu., three bars arg., to which was afterwards
added the S. Marco by Nicolo Venier. In a battle fought at Tigro in



1 120. II20, the banner of his galley was carried off by the enemy's captain,

but he quickly fastened another to the mast, and in memory of the

deed and for the devotion which he had for S. Marco, he made this

change in his coat of arms, namely, Arg., in chief S. Marco gu., three

bars gu. This was borne by all his descendants. As a reward for his

valour, the castle of Chiesa, standing on the island of Paris, in the

Archipelago, was given to his house. This they held possession of

1570. with the Sagredi until 1570. In I2ii, Marin Venier of the quarter of

121 1. Castello and Domenico of Santa Croce were sent to colonise Candia,

1252. and in 1252, Simion Venier of San Geremia and Pietro and Juanne of

San Cossano were there for the same purpose. The Venieri were

members of the Great Council.


1382-1400. Antonio Venier.

1554-1556. Francesco Venier.

1577-1578. Sebastiano Venier.

18 members of this house were Procurators of S. Marco.

Francesco da Leg:ge, son of Luca, married a dau. of
G. Batt Badoer {See pp. 37-39).

IVIichele da Legge, son of Donato, married Lucrezia,
dau. of Fantin Contarini {See pp. 32-34).

A dau. of Donato da Leggc married Pietro IVIinotto.

The Minotti sprang from Rome, and were men of noble
blood and very great genius. The churches of S. Canciano and

\r. ..-. n i'.r illiurj' ■ I -i-w/

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MINOTTO pp. 4648.


.lustration in the Family at Da Lnzi-.e

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S. Gio. Lateraii were built by them. They became members of

1 170. the Council iu 1170 under the Doge Vidal Michiel, and were still

1297. in it at its close in 1297. This family produced many famous men,

who won the love of the people by their services to the State.

1 198. Antonio Minotto was famous as a Senator in 1198, and accompanied

Pope Alessandro III. after his signal victory over the Emperor

Federico. Pandolfo Minotto, Kt., a man of no inconsiderable

eloquence, having already been sent on many embassies, was

ambassador to Pope Innocentio' III. in the turbulent times of the

1203. year 1203. His sister. Donna Minotto Minoto, married Ubartin of

1215. Carrara, Signor of Padua, in 12 1 5. In the calamitous times of the

1344. year 1344 Toma Minotto was Captain of the navy against the

Genoese. Giovanni Minotto, Proveditor of the Army of the

1346. Republic, conquered Lodovico, King of Hungary, and in 1346

recovered Zara in Dalmatia, which had already rebelled five times.

Leonardo Minotto was famous as a naval commander against the

Genoese. In the important war which the Republic had with them

1379. at Chiozza in 1379, Toma Minotto, described as an incorruptible

Senator, at his own expense accompanied the Doge, Andrea

1444. Contarini. In 1444 Bortolamio Minotto, destined ambassador to

Ladislao, King of Hungary, received possession of Dalmatia to

compensate him for the expense, to which he was put, of one

1429. hundred thousand golden florins. In 1429 Zuanne Minotto, Kt,

was ambassador for the Republic in the important Council of

1484. Basilea. In 1484 Vettor Minotto was General of the army, and

Pasqualin Minotto, after the recovery of Candia, which had already

1363. rebelled in 1363, fought hand to hand in Venice with Pietro, King
of Cyprus, and overcame him, whereupon the king rewarded him

1364. with his royal crown, and in the year 1364 he was made knight by


John, King of France, who founded the order of knighthood. The
knights of this order of the star bore the motto, " Monstrant regibus

1363. astra viam." In 1363 Baldwin, Emperor of Constantinople, who
was present at the . Siege of Tine and Micone, became greatly

1453. attached to Luca Minotto, Knt. In 1453 Gerolemo Minotto,
the blessed, being Bailo of Constantinople, the city was taken
by Mahomet II., who forced it to deny the faith. Gerolemo,
however, stood firm in spite of all the menaces with which the
Turks assailed him, encouraging his son Zorzi, whom he saw
*" beheaded, to uphold the faith. He himself shortly afterwards

received the crown of martyrdom. The Minotti were members of
the Great Council.

Another family of the same name came from Albania.
They were men possessed of wealth, and bore for arms Azure,
three bends wavy or, but after they became members of the

1297. Council in 1297, they changed then for Per pale crenellee, or and
azure. Of this house was S. Demetrio, Knight of the Order of

315. S. Zorzi, instituted in 315 by the Emperor Constantine in honour

of that saint, who was martyred at the time that S. Demetrio
was born in Thessalonica.

This family were not members of the Great Council.

A dau. of Francesco da L.egge married Francesco
Priuli (see pp. 40, 41).

Marina, daughter of Francesco da Legge, married Lorenzo


The Capelli, driven from Capua by internal dissensions,
941. arrived in Venice in 941. They bore a character for wisdom, and

CAPELLO— pp. 4850.

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were of an ars^umentative disposition. The Cluircli of S. Maria
960. Mater Doiniui was built by them in 960 in conjunction with the

121 1. Balbi. In 121 1, under the Uogc Pietro Ziani, Giacomo Capello
of the quarter of Santa Croce was sent to colonise Candia, and
1557. the family left that kingdom in 1 557, Pietro Capello being the
last to depart from the City of Canea. The difference in the arms
which the\' bore is the result of embassies made at different times
to different princes. The coat which carries five torteauxes and
the S. Marco they obtained through the marriage of Bianca
Capello, whose great beauty won for her a general admiration.
She married first a Knight of the House of Salviata in F"lorence,
and secondly, being left a widow, Francesco, Grand Duke of
Tuscani. In order to do her special honour, the Republic not only
adopted her as a daughter, but also created her father Bortolamio
and her brother Vittorio, Knights of the Golden Star. The
Marquis Mario Sforza, who had negotiated the adoption by the
Republic, came to Venice with Don Giovanni de Medici in order
to ratify the compact with the Senate and the Doge Nicolo da
15^0. Ponte. The Senate for their part elected in 15S0 Giovanni Michiel
and Antonio Tiepolo as ambassadors to grace the nuptial pro-
ceedings. Tiie house of Capello has produced men famous as
subjects, both as generals and ambassadors. Marin Capello was
1348. one of the five Proveditors in the rebellion of Zana in 134S. Marco
Capello was one of the fifty Senators joined to the ancient body
of Pregardi. He was afterwards sent as ambassador to different
Princes of Europe. Vettor and Nicolo Capello were both Generals
against Baiazeth, King of Turkey. They died, the one at
Negroponte and the other at Corfu, and Francesco Capello, having
1500. been sent to negotiate the peace with the Turks in 1 500, died at




Constantinople. We hear of another Francesco Capello, Kt, both

in England and Spain, where he received a sum of money for the

Repubh'c from a king of the Isle of P^ortunc, which had been

subjugated by Costigliani. He was ambassador to the Imperial

1535. Army of the League in 1535. Vettor Capello 2''", tlie father of

1493. Andrea, who died ambassador to Pope Alexandre VI. in 1493, was

three times Captain General. Alvize Capello was Duke in Candia.

Paolo Capello, Kt. and Procurator, surnamed " the Grand " on

account of various matters successfully accomplished for princes

and the armies of the Republic, would have been elected Doge,

had not his presence in the army been of the greatest importance.

A statue placed over the facade of the Church of S. Maria Formosa

preserves the name of Vicenzo Capello, Kt. and Procurator, who

was remarkable for great fortitude under trying circumstances.

1639. Marin Capello was successful the corsairs in 1639. Giovanni

1645. Capello commanded in the war against Turkey in 1645, and

1650. another Giovanni died in Constantinople in 1650, whither he had

been sent to negociate peace. The Capelli were members of the

Great Council.

Procurators of S. Mark.


Giovanni Capello.


Marino Capello.


Gia° Capello.


Antonio Capello.




Andrea Capello (with


1537. Antonio 2''° Capello.

1538. Vicenzo Capello.

1640. Zuanne Capello, Kt.,


1641. Vicenzo 2'^" Capello.

MOROSmi pp 51 63.


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1580. DonatO da Legge, son of Michele, married a dau. Of

Giaconio rviorosini.

The Rh^ruhiiii, of noble blood and numbered amongst the

• ancient Tribimes, came from Mantua. In conjunction with the

other Tribunes they elected the first Doge, Pauluccio Anafesto, in

697. Er.iclea in 697. The original arms borne by the family were Or,

a bend azure, to which were afterwards added An annulet gu. on a
cross moline gu. Tliese last were the arms of Stcffano, son of
Andrea, second King of Hungary, who married an Eastern Princess.
Tiirough the usurpation of his paternal grandfather he lost his
kingdom, and arriving at Venice became enamoured of the rich
and noble Tomasina Morosini. She had a son, called Andrea after
his grandfather, who, being raised to the throne b)- his barons,
prospered as one of the most worthy kings who ever reigned over
that illustrious kingdom. Out of the respect in which he held his
mother, when the crown was placed upon his head, he assumed
the arms of Morosini with the addition of the cross and annulet.
The object wliich he had in view was to distinguish the maternal
house of Morosini from the other branches of the famil)'. Influenced
by the feeling of gratitude for Venice he assumed the name of

1290. Andrea il Veneto in 1290. The lilies borne on certain of the
arms were granted by Kings of France to those who had been
ambassadors at that court.

Costan/.a Morosini became a queen by marriage with the
King of Scrvia. She was remarkable for her prudence in counsel,
thereby encouraging her husband to uphold constancy in religion,
and to maintain the honour of his kingdom against the incursions
of Barbarians. Under the influence of lier direction and counsel
he was able to vanquish them.



The foUowintf Churches were built by the Morosini, namely

920. S. Agostino ; S. Mauro, now called S. Angclo, in 920 ; S. Geremia

1270. in 1270; S. Angelo Raffael in lOOi, in the building of which

ICXDI. they were joined by the Sanudi, Contarini, and Content! ; S. Illario

at Murano ; and S. Zonzi Mazor ol the Abbot Giovanni Morosini

982. in 9S2. Domenico Morosini, of the quarter uf S. Marco, was sent

121 1. to colonise Candia in 121 1. The family were members of the Great



1148-1156. Domenico Morosini.

1 249- 1 252. Marco Morosini.

13S2. Michele Morosini.

1 688- 1 694. Francesco Morosini.


1204. Tomaso Morosini, Patriarch of Constantinople, by
Pope Innocentio III.

1408. Pietro Morosini, by Pope Gregorio XII.

14 1 8. Pietro 2''" Morosini, by Pope Martin III. (called
the Vth).

1588. Francesco Morosini, by Pope Sisto V.

1204. Tomaso Morosini, Patriarch of Constantinople.
1630. Francesco Morosini, Patriarch of Venice.

Procurators of S. Marco.

1281. Andrea Morosini.

1307. Teofilo.

1 3 10. Michiel.

1 3 17. Marco.

1339. Andrea.

1361. Nicolo.

1374. Michiel.

1404. Luigi.


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1443. Borolamio.

1492. Domenico.

1503. Marco Antonio Cav'.t

1522. Carlo.

1524. Leonardo.

1528. Francesco.

1573. Battista.

1578. Vicenzo.

1630. Francesco 2^°.

The last-named Francesco, when Duke of Candia and
General in 1630, conferred a benefit upon that city by the erection
of a fountain.

1650. Pietro.

1660. Anzolo, Count of S. Anna, with salary.

1673. Zorza, Kt.

1669. Francesco 3°, supernumerary while he was general in
Candia, a man of great experience in military matters, and four
times Captain General.
859. In 859 Pope Benedetto III. having withdrawn to Venice,

visited Sister Agncse Morosini, Abbess of S. Saccaria, who in the
spirit of devotion prayed him to send her some body of a saint
for her Church. On his arrival in Rome she received from him the
bodies of S. Sabina and S. Pancratio.
1597. In 1597 Pope Clement VIII. conferred the Rose, a gift

reserved for the most highly esteemed friends of Popes, upon
Tomasina Morosini, wife of the Doge Marin Grimani.
1204. In 1204, at the taking of Constantinople, Tomaso Morosini

was made Patriarch of that city by the twelve principal Canons of
Venice, a preferment which was confirmed by Pope Innocentio III.,
who, in addition, conferred upon him a Cardinalship.

t Query, Cavalier, or some official title.

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Maria, dan. of Benedetto da Legge, married (i)
Girolamo Bragadin, and (2) Carlo Foscarini.

For Bragadiii see pp. 43-45, and Foscarini sec pp. 39, 40.

Another dau. of Benedetto da Legge married
Francesco IVIichieli.

^^■. Tlie Micliieli left Rome for Malamoco Vecchio, and from

• thence arrived in Venice. Tiiey were related on the female side to

S. Gregory the Great, whose father, Gordiano, a Roman Senator,

483. married in 483 the blessed Silvia of the House of Frangipane,

great grand-niece of Pope Felice II. (called the III''), who died in

492 492. Hence the Micliieli received the name of Frangipane. Angelo

Frangipane built the Castle of S. Angelo, and left Rome with all
his family for Malamoco. Other writers allege that they are
descended from Baldasser, one of the three Magi, and therefore
they bear on their arms the "stella cometta." The lions rampant
were the arms of the Frangipani, who afterwards assumed those
with a barry of six az. and arg. They were amongst the Tribunes
who elected the first Doge Paoluccio Anafesto. In conjunction
with the Minotti they built the Church of S. Cassano, afterwards

727. named S. Cecilia, in 727; it was used as a monastery, and con-

tained the head of S. Cecilia, the hand of S. Lorenzo, and part of
the head of S. Dionysius the Areopagite, together with other relics.
The church of S. Giovanni in Oglio was also built by them in

999, 999, and they made a gift of land for a church to Father S.

1233. Francesco on the site of his hermitage in 1233, The blessed
Bortolamio and Anna Michicl were of this house. Pietro Michiel

1205. was sent to Corfu in 1205, and Marin and Zuanne of S. Giovann

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1252. Crisostomo in 1252 for purposes of colonisation. The Michieli were
members of the Great Council.

1096-1102. Vitale Michaeli.
1117-1130. Domenico Michaeli.
1 1 56-1 172. Vitale Michaeli 2''°.

Cardinal and Patriarch.
1468. Giovanni Michaeli, Cardinal by Pope Paulo II., and
Patriarch of Constantinople; he was murdered by a Greek in the
Piazza of S. Marco.

II I 5. Vidal Michaeli, Bishop of Venice.
1 178. Vidal 2'''', and 1255, Vidal 3°, Bishops of Venice.

Procurators of S. Marco.

1 261. Giovanni.
1275. Marco.
1428. Fantin.

1448. Pietro.
1500. Nicolo.
1558. Marchio.



A dan. of Benedetto da Legge married Nicolo

The Grimani, natives of Vicenza, were descended from the
most noble blood of the Longobardi, and came to Venice in 800.
They were men who held themselves high on account of their
riches. Many say that they were numbered amongst the Council of
1297, but this can scarcely be true, as we find that in 1211 Ruggier
and Giacomo Grimani of the quarter of Dorso Duro, and again in
1252 Marin Grimani, were sent to Candia to the colony of



S. Giustina. They built in Venice the church of S. Fosca, and the
chapel of the three Magi in the church of S. Francesco della Vigna,
which is possessed of a most beautiful facade. The arms of this
family were originally Paly, of five, three arg. and two gu. Having
joined the Crusades, their valour was rewarded by Gofudo, King of
Jerusalem, by the addition of a cross couped gu. The arms which
they bore ever after were Gu., paly of four arg., a cross couped gu.
In Venice they were members of the Great Council, but those who
1573. were in Candia through their indolence lost their nobility in 1573.

1 595-1606. Marino Grimani.
1741-1752. Fietro Grimani.

1492. Domenico Grimani by Pope Alessandro VI. with the
title of S. Nicolo fra' le Imagini. He died leaving his library to
the Republic, together with a large ruby, which is in the Sanctuary

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of S. Marco. His body rests in the church of S. Francesco della
1523- 1523- Marin Grimani by Pope Clement VII. He was first

elected Bishop of Ceneda, then Patriarch of Aquilegia, and then
Cardinal with the title of S. Michiel in Veste. He died in Venice,
and lies buried with his uncle Domenico in the church of S.
Francesco della Vigna.

1561. Luigi Grimani by Pope Pius IV.


1523. Marco Grimani, Patriarch of Aquilegia.

1538. Marin Grimani, Patriarch of Aquilegia. He gave
many statues and ancient medals to the Republic.

1578. Giovanni Grimani, Patriarch of Aquilegia.

16 — . Alvise Grimani, Archbishop of Candia, a man of holy
life and given to charity, was Patriarch. He was extolled in a
funeral oration by Federico Valoresso, a young man of some

Procurators of S. Marco.


Pietro Grimani














Antonio 2''°.




Pietro 2''°.

1560. Gerolemo.

1564. Marco Antonio.

1570. Ottavio.

1576. Marco 2''°.

1588. Marin.

16 — . Giovanni.

1602. Almoro.

1647. Antonio, Knt.

1674. Antonio.

1680. Francesco.



A dau. of Donato da Lcgge married IVIattio Barbaro.

The Barbari came from the mountain Barbasso, and were
892. called Maganesi. They belonged to the Council in 892, as appears

from a deed delivered by the brothers Basilio II. and Costantino VIII,,
Emperors of Constantinople, to Don Giovanni Morosini, Abbot of
S. Zorzi, who appointed them. They bore various arms at different
times. The history of those which they assumed last of all — Arg.,
an annulet gu.— is as follows :— Domcnico Michicl, Doge and
Captain General, at the instance of Pope Calisto II., made an
expedition to Soria for the purpose of bringing aid to the Christians.
He found the city of Tyre besieged by the Caliph of Egypt, and
the King, Baldovino, taken prisoner. With such impetuosity did he
attack the infidel fleet that the greater part of their ships were
sunk, and, having cut off the retreat of the rest, he brought the
engagement to a successful issue by a memorable carnage. In this
battle Marco Barbaro, Proveditor of the fleet, distinguished himself

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