Benedetto Accolti the Younger

Benedetto Accolti the younger (29 October 1497 – 21 September 1549) was an Italian cardinal. He was born in Florence, Italy, the son of Michele Accolti, patrician of Arezzo, and Lucrezia Alamanni. He died in Florence of an apoplexy. He was nephew of Cardinal Pietro Accolti and was called "Il Giovane" or the Cardinal of Ravenna.

Benedetto, Cardinal Accolti
Archbishop of Ravenna, Cardinal priest of Sant'Eusebio
Cardinal Benedetto Accolti.jpg
SeeArchdiocese of Ravenna
Installed17 August 1524—21 September 1549
PredecessorPietro Accolti
Successorsede vacante
Other post(s)Previously Bishop of Cremona
Created cardinal3 May 1521
Personal details
Born29 October 1497
Arezzo, Republic of Florence
Died21 September 1549(1549-09-21) (aged 51)
Florence, Republic of Florence

Early lifeEdit

He studied in the universities of Florence and Pisa.
Benedetto Accolti started his ecclesiastical career in the Roman Curia, following the steps of his uncle.


He was promoted bishop of Cadiz on 24 July 1521, before reaching canonical age of 27, so he was named administrator after his uncle. Then he was transferred to Cremona on 16 March 1523 again after his uncle and then named Secretary of Pope Clement VII the same year.


He was created cardinal priest in the consistory of 3 May 1527 with the title of Sant'Eusebio, again after his uncle. On 17 August 1524 he was promoted to the metropolitan see of Ravenna after his uncle. He was named administrator of Diocese of Bovino and then of the Diocese of Policastro until 1535. In addition, James V of Scotland appointed him Cardinal-Protector of Scottish affairs at Rome, dealing with church appointments and negotiations for the King's marriage. His uncle, the Cardinal of Ancona, had performed this role since the regency of the Duke of Albany.[1]

He participated in the Conclave in 1534. The new Pope Paul III deprived him of his cardinalate on 27 August 1534, and imprisoned him in the Castel Sant'Angelo, accusing him of misspending 19,000 ducats for the expedition against the Turks. The next year he paid a large sum of money and was restored to the cardinalate under some conditions.

He wrote some works in Latin, including poetry. At the request of the later Pope, he wrote a treatise to assert the right of the pope to the Kingdom of Naples.
He died in Florence on 21 September 1549 in Florence and was buried in the church of S. Lorenzo, Florence.


  1. ^ Hay, Denys, ed., Letters of James V, HMSO (1954), 201.

External linksEdit

  • Miranda, Salvador. "ACCOLTI, Benedetto (1497-1549)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pietro de Accolti de Aretio
Administrator of Cádiz
Succeeded by
Jerónimo Teodoli
Preceded by
Girolamo Trevisanato
Bishop of Cremona
Succeeded by
Pietro de Accolti de Aretio
Preceded by
Pietro de Accolti de Aretio
Archbishop of Ravenna
Succeeded by
Ranuccio Farnese
Preceded by
Pietro de Accolti de Aretio
Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Eusebio
Succeeded by
Francisco Mendoza Bobadilla
Preceded by
Giovanni de' Capellani
Administrator of Bovino
Succeeded by
Esteban Gabriel Merino
Preceded by
Giovanni Pirro Scorna
Administrator of Policastro
Succeeded by
Andrea Matteo Palmieri