These characters are more obscure in the series however they are no less interesting!!
Lord Lamberto D’Costanza II
The firstborn son of Lamberto D’Costanza I, Duke of Tuscany. His birthdate is remarkably close to his father’s on Feb, 23rd, 1798. Lamberto II was adored and spoiled from his youth. Though the Duke of Tuscany and his wife, Catherina, are fairly devout Catholics, Lamberto disdains religiosity and pious discipline. He instead seeks happiness, excitement and pleasure at every turn.
When Lamberto II was merely 15, he landed in trouble with the parish priest and preacher of the royal household when he began secretly courting a young woman. This sort of thing was frowned upon as it created high risk for “loss of virtue”. Ironically, little time passed before Lamberto II actually misplaced his virtue.
Irately, his father tried to reign in Lamberto II and sent him to a monastery school. It didn’t avail. Out of rebellion, Lamberto II escaped the monastery confines and shortly found himself at a rich party in Lucca. Eventually, the weary duke tired of disciplining his son. He bestowed upon Lamberto II a large amount of wealth and told him to live his own life elsewhere.
One year later, Lamberto II experienced a brief moment of repentance, returned home and courted a virtuous woman. When the royal priest noticed Lamberto’s wavering faithfulness, he attempted reproach only to be thrown in prison! Upon this, the cardinal of Lucca petitioned for his release. Instead of obeying, Lamberto sent the cardinal a letter in which he insinuated: “His Eminence is but dim-witted with nothing else better to do.” He was promptly excommunicated.
(Pretty and power-hungry)
Antonio Montilo, born in 1774, was a child of privilege. Though religious, his parents ingrained an elevated self-worth in him. When Antonio was 17, he went into a church to escape hot, summer sun and experienced what he deemed “the presence of God.”
Antonio’s father organized his entrance into Italy’s greatest seminary, the Pontifical Canonry of Rome. Antonio at first paid diligent attention to studying Scripture and faith but in the end, his enthusiasm waned. He went home, petitioning his father to pull more strings and have him quickly ordained.
After two years of half-hearted devotion, Antonio was ordained by a bishop who had been friends with his father. Though he made sweeping reforms of liturgy and practice in his parish church, Antonio harbored selfishness. He then sought the lofty office of bishop, doing whatever necessary to gain recognition and skill. After becoming a bishop at age 40, he actually put effort into disciplining the lax clergy beneath him. Continued focus on this ministry earned him the honor of being made a cardinal.
Antonio of course, took this graciously. He spends much time organizing and admonishing those around him for things ranging from falling asleep during Mass to disorderly appearance. Antonio himself maintains splendid decorum and a constant, condescending demeanor. His greatest aspiration is to one day, attain the highest rank possible in Christendom: the papacy.
Philomena Angela Fratelli
Youngest daughter of Francine Fratelli and Rudolfo Ariani. Philomena was born in April, 1799. Young and fragile-natured, she became the treasure of the Fratelli family. Philomena’s mother lavished attention on her, gave her many nice things and promised that a wonderful man would marry her.
When Philomena turned 20, she stopped attending church and Mass, feeling very restricted by Catholic dogma’s and disciplines. She especially felt that the church restricted women. After a year, she revealed these feelings to her mother. Shocked, Francine immediately “banished” Philomena to caring for Burt, her elderly, blind grandfather. At Burt’s residence, she actually spent her days in pleasantness, socializing with other wealthy ladies and keeping look out for eligible men.
Philomena’s overwhelming beauty and her way of manipulating people, for reasons both kind and selfish, have become a fascination amongst the men of Lucca.
Pope Gregory XVI
(His Holy Catholic-ness)
Pope during Feb, 2nd, 1831- June 1846, born Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari, his parents were from a small village named Pesariis. Not much is detailed about his life in “The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli”. All we know is that this man was sick of people imposing modernistic ideals on the Church, he hates unhindered democracy and railroads… and that he deemed Father Fratelli’s preaching skill as sufficient reason to make him a cardinal.
His Holiness, Gregory XVI is a simple, pious man who’s sense of humor only becomes surpassed by his apostolic authority.