One of the most ancient and distinguished families of the Roman nobility, supporters of the papacy and the Guelphs against the emperor and the Ghibellines, whose cause was ordinarily advocated by the great Colonna family of Rome. The wars between the Orsini and the Colonna form an important part of medieval Italian history. In addition to three popesCelestine III, Nicholas III, and Benedict XIII – the Orsini have given many distinguished members to Church and State including

The ancient family of Roman Orsini is extinct; the present Roman princes descend from a Neapolitan branch, and their head always enjoys the dignity of assistant at the papal throne.

MLA Citation

  • “Orsini”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 4 April 2012. Web. 24 April 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/orsini/>