Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Barberini, the name of a famous Florentine family, a member of which, as Urban VIII., was elected pope in 1623. His three nephews appropriated everything that they could seize in Rome, and Antonio Cardinal Barberini, at the head of Papal troops, wrought much mischief in Parma, Modena, and Tuscany. On the accession of Innocent X. the Cardinal retired to France, was made Grand Almoner and Archbishop of Rheims, and died in 1671, aged 63. Meanwhile the family were restored to their great possessions in Italy, which they still hold.