Flavio Chigi (1631–1693)

His Eminence

Flavio Chigi
Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
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Cardinal Flavio Chigi, by Jacob Ferdinand Voet
DiocesePorto e Santa Rufina
SeePorto e Santa Rufina
Appointed19 October 1689
Term ended13 September 1693
PredecessorPietro Vito Ottoboni
SuccessorGiacomo Franzoni
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Consecration24 March 1686
by Paluzzo Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni
Created cardinal9 April 1657
by Alexander VII
Personal details
Born(1631-05-10)10 May 1631
Died13 September 1693(1693-09-13) (aged 62)
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Flavio Chigi (10 May 1631 – 13 September 1693) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal and Duke of Ariccia. He was Cardinal-Nephew to Pope Alexander VII and became a powerful political force inside the Roman Catholic Church during the latter half of the 17th century.

Early life

Flavio Chigi was born 10 May 1631 in Siena, the son of Mario Chigi and Berenice della Ciaia (a noblewoman from Siena).[1] He studied philosophy and law and obtained a doctorate in utroque iuris. When his uncle Fabio Chigi was made Legate to Germany, Chigi followed him there but was soon sent back to Italy to complete his studies.

In 1656, he was made Governor of Fermo and in 1658 he was made Governor of Tivoli.[2] In the meantime, his uncle had been elected Pope in 1655 and had taken the papal throne as Pope Alexander VII. In 1657, Chigi was appointed as his Cardinal-Nephew.[3]