de Torres, Cardinal. Ludovico b. 1552 d. July 8, 1609 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Rome, Ludovico de Torres came from a noble Spanish family from Málaga. Studying law at the Universities of Perugia and Bologna, he earned a doctorate in utroque iure in both canon and civil laws. Moving to Monreale, where his uncle Monsignor Luigi was the local ordinary, he was named vicar general in 1572. Back in Rome, he acted as vicar of San Lorenzo in Damaso and canon of the chapter of the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica. Charged by the Pontiff with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Monreale, Monreale, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: Cappella San Castrense.
of France, Louis IX b. April 25, 1214 d. August 25, 1270 French Monarch. A native of Poissy, Louis IX served as king of France between 1226 and his death. A renowned patron of arts, he married Margaret of Provence in 1234 and fathered eleven children. Passing away in Carthage during the second crusade, probably of dysentery, his body was successively boiled so that the bones could be transported hygienically from distant lands back home. Some of his entrails are said to have been buried directly on the spot in what is now Tunisia, where the so called...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of Monreale, Monreale, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy Plot: North Of The Choir.
William II b. 1154 d. November 18, 1189 Sicilian Monarch. King of Naples and Sicily. Son of William I. 'the Bad' and Marguerite of Navarra, Brother of Henry and Roger Hauteville. He was crowned King of Sicily on May 17, 1166. His mother served as his regent untill 1171. His reign was known to be very tolerant against other religions. Italians, Greeks, Normans, Arabs and Jews lived peacefully together. He fought for the pope against Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, but later entered peace negotiations with the Emperor, with the result...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Cathedral of Monreale, Monreale, Provincia di Palermo, Sicilia, Italy