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amongst the rest by his valour. Assailed by many of the enemy,
and suffering greatly in the encounter, many of his crew being
killed by the Saracens, and the flag of his galley, upon which were
displayed the arms of his house, thrown into the water, he opposed
himself with so much boldness to the impetuosity of the infidels,
that he not only valorously repulsed them, recovering his own
galley, but with his own hand killed the captain of the enemy's
galley, and fastening the head of the Saracen to his mast, with
blood taken from one of his arms, which he had cut off, he drew
a circle on his new banner. Thenceforward he and his descendants
were no longer called Maganesi, but Barbari, and assumed for arms
Arg., an annulet gu.
1439- I" 1439 Nicolo Piccinino, General of Filippo Maria Visconti,


BARBARO-pp. 58, 59.


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Duke of Milan, having besieged the city of Bressa, Francesco
Barbaro, who was Podesta, bore the disadvantages of the siege with
so much courage and prudence that he was considered the most
valiant and prudent captain of the age. He not only with great
bravery repulsed the assaults of the enemy, but, a great famine and
pestilence having arisen in the city, he provided for the one and the
other with so much diligence that the misfortunes of the citizens
were outweighed by the alleviation afforded them. He provided
equally for all ; nor did he avoid the presence of any, even the
least, though they might be infected with the plague, but charitably
mixed and conversed with the common people, in whose company
he often partook of barley and bran bread. Thus he acquired the
good will of all, and having preserved the city for the Republic was
called the father of his country. The Barbari were members of the
Great Council.

1464. Marco Barbaro, by Pope Paulo H., a Venetian.
Marco wrote many works of some repute, and died in 1485.

1485. Ermolao Barbaro was Patriarch of Aquilegia.

Procurators of S. Marco.
145 1. Francesco Barbaro.
1572. Antonio Barbaro.

1610. Giacomo da Legge, son of Donato, married Cassandra,
Born dau. of Bartolo Zen.

^ The Zeni sprang anciently from Rome, which they left for

16 1 2. Malamocho. They bore the character of being wise, valiant, peaceful,

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580. and courteous, and were versed in naval affairs. Until 580 they

were numbered amongst the twenty-four families of the Tribunes-
They had for arms Arg. a dog rampant sab. Renier Zeno, Doge
and Captain General of the fleet, in a battle which he fought with
the Genoese, being in command of 36 galleys, took from them 25
out of 40 galleys, with which they opposed him, together with
Andrea Fiesco, the Captain, whose arms, Az., two bends arg., he
assumed in memory of the deed. After peace was proclaimed the
Genoese demanded of the Senate that he should resign the arms of
Fiesco, and bear his own. This he stoutly refused to do, but in
order to appease the Republic and the Genoese he added, by way
of difference, two more bends, so that the arms which were hence-
forward borne by the family were Az., four bends argent. Other
members of it quartered The dog rampant sab. The church of

1205. S. Canciano was built by the Zeni in 1205. After the taking of
Constantinople Marin Zeno was made first Podesta of that city
with the title of Podesta of half Venice and ruler of a fourth part
of the whole Roman Empire. He sent to Venice the four horses
of Corinthian metal which are over the door of S. Marco, and
belonged to the Emperor Nero, to whom they were given by
Tiridate, King of Armenia. They were brought to Constantinople
when the Empire of Rome was transferred to that city. Marin Zen
of S. Marina, and Marco of S. Angelo, were sent to colonise

1252. Candia in 1252, when Renier Zen was Doge. The Zeni were
members of the Great Council.


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1252 — 1268. Reniero Zeno.

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BARBARIGO-pp. 62, 63.

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1468. In 1468 Giovanni Battista Zeno, nephew on the female side

of Pope Paolo II., was made Cardinal by him, and also Bishop of
Vicenza, with the title of Santa Maria in Portico. He left a legacy
to the Republic, which erected to his memory a chapel of bronze
in S. Marco in 15 15. Every year in the month of May a memorial
service was held in it, attended by the Doge and Dogess.

Procurators of S. Marco.

1 168. Renier Zen.

1276. Nicolo Zen

1296. Andrea Zen.

13 14. Giovanni Zen.

1 39 1. Marco Zen.

1400. Carlo Zen.


Giovanni 2^" Zen.


Francesco Zen.


Luca Zen.


Gerolemo Zen.


Renier 2''° Zen.

A dau. of Donato da l.egge married Giacomo Bembo.

The family of Bembo came from Bologna, and they belonged
602. to the ancient Tribunes till 602. They were men of great prudence

and courage, and owing to the possession of these qualities were
summoned to the most important councils of the Republic. They
joined with the Balbi of the Campo Rosso in building the church
of S. Giuliano. Three saints sprang from this family, namely,
S. Leon, S. Antonio, and S. Illuminata Bembo. They belonged to
the Great Council.

1615-1618. Giovanni Bembo.

.OiVlJ-^ ; M'J;,-!


In 15 1 5 Pietro Bembo, a man of great learning and a
publisher of many works, was made Cardinal by Pope Leon X.
In 1540 Bernardo Bembo, by Pope Paul III.

Procurators of S. Marco.
1234. Giacomo Bembo.
1539. Pietro Bembo.
1601. Giovanni Bembo.

{See Pedigree A.)
Benedetto da Legg^e, son of Donato, and great-great-grand-
son of Luca (A.D. 1297), married (i) a dau. Of Pietro

Contarini (see pp 15, 32 34), and (2) a dau. of Pietro

The Barbarigi, men of wealth and great reputation, came

from Mount Barbasso. Their long residence obtained for them

982. election to the Council in 982. This is proved to have been the

case by a contract entered into by Basilio II. and Constantine VIII.,

brothers of the Emperor of Constantinople, with Giovanni Morosini,

Abbot of S. Giorgio Maggiore, appointing this house to the Council.

They built the church of S. Maria Zobenigo, the Zubanigi and

985. Settendoli joining with them in the work, in 985, and rebuilt it in

1 3 12. 1312. They also joined with others in building the church of

1028. S. Toma in 1028. In 12 11 Giovanni Barbarigo was sent to colonise

121 1. Candia at the time when Pietro Ziani was Doge. Many of this

house have proved themselves to be great Senators and valiant



1485. Marco Barbarigo.
1486-1501. Agostino Barbarigo.


In 1408 Angelo Barbarigo, by Pope Gregory XII., of the
House of Correr.

Ill 1664 Gregorio Barbarigo, Cardinal and Bishop of Padua
by Pope Alessandro VIII.

In 1686 Marc Antonio Barbarigo, Archbishop of Corfu, was
made Cardinal by Pope Innocencio XI.

In 1400 Marco Barbarigo was Patriarch of Aquilegia.

Procurators of S. Marco.

1398. Giovanni.

1442. Francesco.

145 1. Francesco 2^".

1467. Gerolemo.

1478. Marco.

1485. Agostin.

1572. Marc' Ant".

1585. Agostin 2''°.

1 6 16. Pietro.

1650. Alvize.

16 — . Giovanni 2''°,

1476. Antonio da l.egge, son of Benedetto, married (i) a dau. Of

Lorenzo Cornaro, and (2) a dau. of Pietro Prluli,

(see pp. 15, 40, 41).

The Cornari or Corneri came from Rome, and, as it seems,
were of the blood of Cesare Cornelio, Emperor — men of high
nobility, who came to live in the Venetian Lagoons, together with



other families, before the coming of Atila Flagelum, King of Italy.
The arms numbered 5 were those borne by the Emperor Cornelio
and the illustrious Scipion Cornelio; No. 6 were assumed by one of
this house who was captain in the army, and this he did, it is said,
because of liis position of authority ; No. 2 were tiie arms of the
house of Lusignana, a relationship having existed between the
Cornari and Giacomo, King of Cyprus ; No. 4 with the eagle were
granted by an Emperor when one of the family was ambassador at
his court ; other members of it bear arms Per pale or and az.

1155. Marco Cornaro built the Church of S. Mattio di Murano in 11 55.

1222. In 1222 Pietro Conaro of S. Ternita was sent to colonise Candia.

Giovanni Cornaro was at one time Captain General of that Kingdom,
and remained there till it was lost to the Venetian Republic. This
family has produced many valiant men, of whom Francesco Cornaro
was one. Being at the time Proveditor of Corfu, and having
pacified many people after the signal victory of the League, he
accompanied Prospero Colonna, Commander of the fleet, and Paolo
Orsino, General of the army, to the assault and sacking of
Malgaritino, a fortress occupying a naturally strong position. In

1509. 1509 Giorgio Cornaro, brother of the Queen of Cyprus, made
an incursion into the vale of Cadore in Todeschi, notwithstanding
that it was winter, with snow upon the ground. He took possession
of Cadore, Goritia, Cormous, Triesse, and Fiume. After which,
passing the Alps, he made a further incursion into all Caesar's
States as far as Hungarj'. Having done great damage to the
enemy, he returned to the camp in Italy, loaded with honour and

1668. In 1668, while Cattario Cornaro was General in Candia,

there was severe fighting with large numbers of Turks in the city,


pp. 63 68.

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which he valorously defended, but met his death from a blow by
a grenade, to the universal sorrow of the people, to whom his
excellent qualities had endeared him.

1687. In 1687, during another Turkish war, Gerolemo Cornaro,

Knt., brother to Cattario, being at the time Proveditor General
in Dalmatia and Albania, took the fortress of Sing, renowned
for the natural beauties of its surroundings, and for the important
part which it had played in the past. }Ie next acquired the
strongly defended city of Castel Novo after a month's siege. The
enterprise was conducted with great prudence ami glory by the
soldiers, to whom in addition to their ordinary pay he presented
sums of money from his own purse. The capture of the fortress
induced man\' to attach themselves to the Republic, and the
Senate by way of rewarding him made him supernumerary

1687. Procurator of S. Marco in 1687. In the following year he seized
the city and fortress of Chin in Dalmatia, reducing more than
1000 (amongst whom were many of position) to slavery, at the
same time liberating 300 Christians. He next became Captain
General, and in that capacity took the city of Naples from
Malvasia, and afterwards la Valona, but whilst under the walls of
Durazzo he was attacked by fever, to which he succumbed in a few
days, to the great sorrow of the entire army, who loved him for his
rare and generous qualities, and for the friendliness with which he
regarded soldiers. His loss was deeply felt, as from his skilful
direction of affairs and the good fortune which attended him much
was hoped for and expected.

Queen Catterina Cornaro.— Giacomo Lusignano,

King of Cyprus, having heard that Catterina Cornaro was elegant in
person, charming and virtuous, asked her in marAage of her father.



Marco Cornaro, with whom he was on terms of great friendship.
Moreover, Andrea Cornaro hajjpened at the time to be Auditor of
Cyprus. Enamoured b)- the siyhl of her portrait the King immediately
despatcheii Fih'ppo Mastachdlo to Venice as his Ambassador to
com^olete the matrimonial contract and to conduct her to Cyprus.
The Court Ofiicials at Venice, having heard of the King's purpose,
brought the maiden into the TahLce, declared her to be a daughter of
the Republic, and having attired her as a queen, invited the attend-
ance of the Ambassador, and then consigned her to him, saying, "We
consign to you this our daughter, not as the daughter of one of
our citizens, but as a daughter of S. Marco; and we also consign
to you one hundred thousand ducats, the dowrj- with which
S. Marco presents her as a daughter." Several galleys having been
equipped, her mother, brothers, and other relations, together with
the Venetian Ambassador, accompanied her to Cyprus, where her
arrival was celebrated with great glory, honour, and feasting. In
course of time a son was born, but died at its birth. Tlie King,
too, shortly died, and by his will appointed the Queen Regent. In
case a child was born, it was to succeed to the kingdom, and in
case it died, the kingdom was to pass to Queen Cattcrina. The
King was thirty-three )-ears of age when he died, having reigned
twelve years, eight months, and four days. On hearing of his
death, the Republic despatched several galleys to Cyprus by way of
sympathy with the Queen, and Vettor Sorenza, Proveditor of the
Fleet, was commanded to render her any assistance which she
might require. The child, which was born to her after the King's
death, having lived only two )-ears, he conveyed the Queen to
Venice, and assigned the kingdom to the Republic. The above
history is told in the life of-4Jie Doge Agostin Barbarigo.


1 363- 1 367. Marco Coniaro.
1624-1630. Giovanni Coinaio.
1656. Francesco Cornaro.
1 709- 1 722. Giovanni Cornaro.

I493. I" 1493 Marco Cornaro, brother of Queen Catterina, was

made Cardinal Deacon of S. Maria in Portico by Pope Aiessandro VI.
He was also Patriarch of Constantinople, and died at Venice 1524.
His burial took place at S. Giorgio Maggiore, but his sepulchre is
in the vestry of S. Salvadore.

In 1527 Francesco Cornaro, Procurator of S. Marco, was
made Cardinal by Pope Clement VII., with the title of S. Pancratio-
he also became Bishop of Prenestino, and afterwards of Bressa, and
died at Vitterbo, but his remains are laid to rest in S. Salvadore in

In 1544 Andrea Cornaro, Bishop of Bressa, was made
Cardinal by Pope Paulo III. He died in Rome in 155 1, and was
buried in S. Agostino, but his tomb is in S. Salvadore in Venice.

In 1551 Alvize Cornaro, Archbisliop of Zara, Administrator of
the Churches of Bergamo and Trau, Bisliop of Trail, Chamberlain of
the Holy Church, and Commander of Cj-prus, was made Cardinal
by Pope Giulio HI. He died in Rome in 1584, and was buried in
the Crucifcri, Venice.

In 1588 P'redrigo Cornaro, Commander of Cyprus, Bishop of
Trau, afterwards of Bergamo, and finally of Padua, was made
Cardinal by Pope Sisto V. During the time in which he was
Bishop of Bergamo he was sent by Pope Pio I\i*to the Council of





Trent, and died in Rome whilst the Council was sitting. His body
was taken to Padua, and was buried under the Confessional in the
1596. In 1596 Francesco Cornaro, Bishop of Treviso, was made

Cardinal by Pope Clement VIII. He died at Rome in 1598, and
was buried at the Quirinale in S. Silvestro, Venice.

Procurators of S. Marco.


Marin Cornaro.


Francesco 3°.




Giovanni 2''".




Gerolemo 2''''.




Battolomeo (with







Andrea, Cap I. General.




P^rancesco (with


Francesco 2''°.



Giacomo (with




Gerolemo, Kiit., Super-





Gerolemo, Kn


1483. GirOlamO da LcggC, son of Benedetto, married a dau. Of

Marco Zaccaria.

The Zaccarii were honourable and wealthy citizens of Venice.
Pietro, Paulo, and Zuanne Zaccaria made offer, in military matters,
of tlieir own persons and money by way of assistance to the
\ Signoria of Chiozza, paying thirty bondmen for two months at

eight ducats each a month, and in addition presenting her with a
thousand lire. They were elected by ballot into the Council of a
hundred, receiving seventy votes in their favour against twelve ; were


ZACCARIA-pp 68, 69.

MALIPIERO-pp 69, 70.

SEMITECOLO pp 70, 71

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1381. in it in 1381 under the Doge Andrea Contarini, and ceased to
1544. belong to it in 1544 in the person of Marco Zaccaria. Pietro
1417. Zaccaria was Podesta and Captain of the city of Treviso in 1417.

A dau. of Antonio da Leggc, married (i) Benedetto
Morosini {See pp. 51-53); (2) Fantino IVIalipiero;
(3) Calleazzo Semitecolo; (4) Tomaso lYIoro ; (s)
Leonardo Centani.

The MaUpieri were called Mastro Petro. They were of
German origin, of ancient lineage, and were the first to build
600. Torcello in 600. They were men of prudence and uprightness.

After the death of the Doge Hurio Mastro Petro they changed
1457. their arms and surnames. In 1457, when Francesco P'oscari, owing
to his inability to govern, was expelled from the Dogeship, the
excellent qualities possessed by Pasqual Malipiero induced the
forty-one electors to promote him in his stead. He was twenty-two
years of age when he was appointed, and was already a Procurator
of S. Marco. Many embassies had been undertaken by him, and
the great diligence which he displayed therein enabled him to
maintain peace and plenty in the city, so that a week's consumption
of all kinds of food could be obtained by a household for one
ducat. The expulsion of Foscari resulted in the passing of a law
which decreed that in future no Doge should be deprived even for
incompetency. It was also ordered that the Doge, having first
attired himself in crimson, should attend at the Palace every
Wednesday, in order to receive from the judges the results of law-

At this period the art of printing was introduced into Venice


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by Nicol6 Jenson Todesco whose death occurred four years after,
and he was buried in SS. Giovanni c Paolo.

In conjunction witli the Cigoyna and Morosini, the Malipieri
built the church of S. Geremia. The arms which they bore,
namely, Arg. an eagle's talon sab., were granted them by Otton,
son of the Emperor Federico, surnamed Barbarossa. A Malipiero
took Otton prisoner at the battle of Salbori, and he gave the arms
121 1. to the Doge Ziani. In 12 ii Giulian Malipiero, of the quarter of
1428. Dorso Duro, was sent to colonise Candia. In I4:!8 Francesco
Malipiero was Bishop of Venice. The Malipieri were members of
the Great Council.


1 1 78- 1 192. Orio Malipiero.
1457- 1462. Pasqual Malipiero.

Procurators of S. M.\rco.

1446. Pasqual (afterwards Doge).

1480. Steffano.

1648. Ottavian (with salary).


The Semitecoli came from Istria to Malamoco, and from
843. thence to Venice in 843. Upright, intelligent, and careful where

money was concerned, they occupied them.sclves in mercantile
pursuits. These traits in their character resulted in their becoming
members of the Council. With the assistance of the Brandeliri,
Coloprini, Falieri, Zonzi, Trivisani, and Balbi, of the Campo
1006. Rosso, they built the Church of S. Benedetto in 1006. In 121 1



121 1. Andrea Semitecolo, of the quarter of Dorso Diiro, was sent to
colonise Candia, where Ottavian Semitecolo was Bishop of
Milopotaino. This family belonged to the Great Council.

nioro (I).

The Mori, men of high character and possessed of wealth,
came from Negroponte. Francesco Moro having offered to go and
take the city of Chiozza, occupied by the Genoese, was rewarded
1381. by being made a member of the Council in 1381. In a war which
1482. took place in 1482 between the Republic and Ercole, first Duke of
Ferrara, there went, on the side of the Duke, Pietro Marcello,
Vettor Soranzo, Roberto San Severino, and Roberto Malatesta as
Captains, and Damian Moro as General. He took Argenta and
other places. After the death of the Doge Pasqual Malipiero,
1462. Cristoforo Moro, Procurator of S. Marco, was elected in 1462, at
the age of 72. Under this Doge the army advanced against
Ottomano, Emperor of Turkey, and took and plundered the city
of Argos. The Venetians fortified the Isthmus and Corinth, where,
fighting valiantly, Bertoldo Orsino, the General, met with his death.
At this period there arose a war with the Triestini, but Pope
Pio II., who had been Bishop of Trieste, interposing, adjusted the
difference between the Republic and the people of Trieste. The
Republic, on their side, persuaded the Pope to make peace with
Sigismondo Malatesta, Signor di Rimini, their friend. In the Morea
they relentlessly jjursued the Turks, making a league with the
Pope, the King of Hungary, and the Duke of Burgundy, who
placed 120 soldiers in that district. At the same time the Doge
brought the fleet of 300 ships to Ancona, where the Pope was, but
on his arrival the Pope died, and consequently Cristoforo Moro



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returned to Venice. He had for wife a daiigliter of the house of
1462. Sanudo, who was crowned in 1462. The occasion was celebrated
with great feasting, jousts, and tournaments by the people, who
loved the Mori for the character of justice which they biire. Upon
1469. the coming of the Emperor, Federico III., to Italy in 1469,
Domenico Moro, Zaccaria Barbaro, Francesco Giustinian, and Pietro
Molino, Doctor, were sent by the Republic as Ambassadors to
accompany him to Rome. They paid all his expenses, providing
for 500 horsemen. Upon their arrival at Padua, Domenico Moro
and Zaccaria Barbaro were knighted in the Church of tiie Domo.
The Emperor was there received by twelve gentlemen with a
splendid retinue sent in the name of the Venetian Court Officials,
Polo Morosini and Antonio Priuli having been instructed to bear
him company to Rome. Upon his arrival in Venice very great
honours were paid him. He was lodged in the Marquis of
Ferrara's house, which was sumptuously furnished for his reception,
the bed upon which he slept being hung with cloth of gold, and a
coverlet of the same was lined with furs of lynx and sable. A
banquet, costing 500 ducats, was given in his honour at the Palace,
and was attended by 250 ladies in rich apparel. Altogether 2,500
ducats were spent upon entertaining him during his residence in
Venice. The Doge Cristoforo Moro built the Church of S. Giobbe
1462. in 1462, and after his death was buried there.

1462-1471. Cristoforo Moro.

Procurators of S. Marco.
1407. Antonio Moro. 1 1493. Giovanni.

1448. Cristoforo (Doge). | 1537. Bernardo (with salary).


IVIoro (2).

423. Another family of this name were natives of Padua. In 423

Albicino or Alburno More was sent by the Paduan Senate for the

third time as Consul, together with Andrea Claudio and Marco

Aurelio, at the building of Rivalto. They left Padua for Venice,

and being possessed of wealth, they built — assisted in the work by

939. members of the house of Julio — the Hospital and Church of the

936. Misericordia in 939. Domenico Moro was Bishop of Venice in 936,

121 1. and in 121 1 Pietro Moro of the quarter of Castello was sent to

1257. colonise Candia. In 1257 Giovanni Moro, being in command of the

fleet, brought it from the Po to the Adige. The members of this

house ceased after a time to belong to the Great Council.

Procurator of S. Marco.
1360. Giacomo Moro.

1498. Andrea da Legge, Senator, son of Benedetto, married a dau.

Of Giacomo IVIarcello (St-e pp 34, 35).

A dau. of Benedetto da Legge married Leonardo
Pisani (See pp. 30-32).

Priamo da Legge, son of Benedetto, married a dau. Of
n/Iarin Priuli (See pp. 40,41).

1500. Marino da Legge, son of Priamo, married a dau. Of IVIarco

The family of Foscolo came from Padua, and were called
Fosci. They were Senators of the Paduan Republic. Ugo Fosco




421. in 421, accompanied by Lucian Gravilla and Massimo Lucio, went

as second Consul to tlie building of Rivalto, the ancient name of
Venice. Bein^ men approved for their wisdom, the Foscoli were
always amongst the ancient members of the Council. Together with
the house of Rava, they built the church of S. Marco Bncalame

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