Barberini, Francesco

Barberini, Francesco

(fränchās`kō bärbārē`nē), 1597–1679, Italian prelate and Orientalist, a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the nephew of Urban VIIIUrban VIII,
1568–1644, pope (1623–44), a Florentine named Maffeo Barberini; successor of Gregory XV. Throughout his pontificate the Thirty Years War raged in Germany. For various political reasons, Urban gave little help to the Catholics.
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. He was a founder of the library at Rome noted for rare manuscripts; many of these are now in the library of the Vatican.
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