Geraldini, Alessandro

Geraldini, Alessandro a Neapolitan prelate, first bishop of Hispaniola, afterwards San Domingo, then Hayti, was born in 1455 at Amelia (Umbria). He belonged to a noble family, and devoted himself to the service of Spain. His brother having been sent on a mission to Francis II, duke of Brittany, Alessandro accompanied him, and remained in France until September 1488. On his return to Spain he was appointed, tutor of the princesses, and obtained aid for Christopher Columbus for his voyage of discovery. He was afterwards charged with several diplomatic missions. He first obtained the bishopric of Volterra, then of Mont eCervino (1494). In 1520 he was appointed to the bishopric of Hispaniola. He immediately repaired to his; new diocese, Where he employed himself with true evangelical zeal until his death, which occurred in 1525. For mention of his works, see Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale. s.v.

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