Cothurno, Bartolommeo Del
Cothurno, Bartolommeo Del an Italian prelate and theologian, was born in the suburbs of Genoa, of a noble and wealthy family, which he abandoned in order to become a Franciscan.I His merit raised him to the archbishopric of Geibao. Pope Urban VI appointed him, September 16, 1378 cardinal priest, with the title of Santo Lorenzo in Damnaso. Some years after, Urbau, then at war with the king of Naples, Charles Durazzo, feared a conspiracy among the cardinals who surrounded him, and at the denunciation of Prignani, his nephew January 11, 1385, caused Cothurno to be arrested at Lucera, together with five other princes of the Church, and after cruelly torturing him, threw him into the sea, where he was drowned, in December, 1385. Cothurno wrote, Postilla Sermonum Sacrorum: — Commentaria Sopra Canticum Canticarum: — and some other religious works. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v.