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A major consideration for cardinals in Rome was finding somewhere to live, and this seems to be where benefices in the city had most to offer. This chapter answers to the question why would a cardinal invest in a property in the first place that was entailed to a particular church and so could only ever be in his temporary possession. The property at Sant'Apollinare had gained some notoriety as from 1377 it had been the home of Pedro di Luna, one of the popes deposed at the Council of Constance. With the expansion of the property market in Rome and the more common accumulation of a number of Rome's churches, cardinals often used their links with secondary churches as a means to procuring suburban villas in addition to a more central property. The cardinals marked their properties with hangings and other decorations.

Keywords:cardinals; church; pope; property; Rome; Sant'Apollinare



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