Federico Borromeo

1564 - 1631

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Federico Borromeo (Italian: [fedeˈriːko borroˈmɛːo]; 18 August 1564 – 21 September 1631) was an Italian cardinal and Archbishop of Milan, a prominent figure of Counter-Reformation in Italy. Federico was a hero of the plague of 1630, described in Alessandro Manzoni's historical novel, The Betrothed. He was a great patron of the arts and founded the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, one of the first free public libraries in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Federico Borromeo has received more than 80,665 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Federico Borromeo is the 1,537th most popular religious figure (up from 1,571st in 2019), the 2,231st most popular biography from Italy (up from 2,310th in 2019) and the 390th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Federico Borromeo ranks 1,537 out of 3,187Before him are Angelo Dundee, Stephen Langton, Abu Bakr bin Yahya al-Suli, Arp Schnitger, Kimpa Vita, and Jean Daniélou. After him are Michael the Syrian, Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Guillaume Dubois, Marcellin Champagnat, Julian Cesarini, and Anna Schäffer.

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Among people born in 1564, Federico Borromeo ranks 12Before him are Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Ahmad Sirhindi, Hans Leo Hassler, Francisco Pacheco, and Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. After him are Joos de Momper, Margherita Gonzaga, Duchess of Ferrara, Hans Rottenhammer, John Casimir, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, Sibylla of Anhalt, and Pedro Páez. Among people deceased in 1631, Federico Borromeo ranks 10Before him are Constance of Austria, Willem Janszoon, Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, and Michael Maestlin. After him are Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Katō Yoshiaki, Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, Louis Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard, Nicolò Contarini, and Michael Drayton.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Federico Borromeo ranks 2,231 out of 5,161Before him are Antonio Juliano (1943), Massimo Troisi (1953), Gaius Cassius Longinus Varus (-115), Umberto Saba (1883), Infante Philip, Duke of Calabria (1747), and Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880). After him are Matteo I Visconti (1250), Prospero Colonna (1452), Archduke Leopold Ludwig of Austria (1823), Federico Faggin (1941), Pietro Gradenigo (1251), and Andrea Contarini (1300).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Federico Borromeo ranks 390Before him are Loris Francesco Capovilla (1915), Daniele Comboni (1831), Simon of Trent (1472), Catherine of Ricci (1522), Marco d'Aviano (1631), and Oliviero Carafa (1430). After him are Julian Cesarini (1398), Olimpia Maidalchini (1591), Lanfranc (1005), Mauro Piacenza (1944), Luigi Jacobini (1832), and Lawrence Justinian (1381).