Piccolomini Madona de Brugges
Prominent family from Siena - Tuscany, that dates back to XI. Century, though the family legends dates back to 500 BC, and give the first progenitor of the family the Etruscan King Lars Porsena. This is however only a renaissance created history legend, of " legendary descent " which was common in the time of renaissance.
The two family members were elected popes, Enea Silvio Piccolomini - who took the name Pius II. and his nephew Francesco Piccolomini Todeschini, who took the name Pius III. It was him, for whoom Michelangelo Buonarotti created the Piccolomini altar with today Madona of Brugges.
Two Siense blessed - Blessed Joachim Piccolomini and archibishop Ascanio Piccolomini are protecting the House from the Heavens, together with 8 other saints, 26 archbishops and bishops with 4 cardinals of Piccolomini House. The family was consecrated to Virgin Mary by these blessed, even the crescent of Piccolomini arms was named - Sine Macula - Immaculata. The family is under deep mothernal protection of Maria Semper Virgin to these days.
Well known general, Prince of Holy Roman Empire, Duke of Amaphi, don Ottavio Piccolomini Pieri d'Aragona is progenitor of our branch of Piccolomini family. He and his ancestors incorporated Royal Blood due to the ancestors marriages to Giovanna d'Aragona and Maria d'Aragona, which were from the Royal House of Aragon. There is blood of Kings and Queens of France, England, Scotland, Wessex, Spain, Leon, Castile, Aragon, Navarra, Jerusalem, Cyprus, dukes of Burgundy, kings and queens of Bohemia, Poland, Grand Dukes of Kiew, Archdukes of Austria, Counts of Habsburg, Emperors of Constantinopole, Kings of Arpad Hungary, Dukes of Luxembourg, Jagello, Premyslid dukes of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors, Hohenstaufen, blood of descendants of Hugh Capet and Charlemagne, House of Savoy, Counts of Toulouse, family De Lusignan and many many others, found in the Royal Blood of 15.century. King Enrique IV. of Castiglia gave to the House Piccolomini hereditary right to use the surname Di Castiglia and Aragona in his decree dated back to A.D. 1478.
House Piccolomini is notable for many scholars, mentioned archibishop Ascanio Piccolomini was supporter of Galileo Galilei, Francesco Piccolomini was known astronomer, and today a crater Piccolomini is named after him on our satelitte - Moon.
Blessed Joachim Piccolomini of Siena is one of the first family saints. He was member of Servite Order in Siena. Known for his pious love towards all the poor, once he couldn't heal the epilepsy of the beggar he took to himself the sickness, and died. The whoole church was filled with nice perfum of flowers and a light. He was given two crowns from Virgin Mary - One Ruby for his love towards others, and other of pearl, for his Virginity. To God be the Glory !
Piccolomini family survived till these days in minor branches. Our is also branch founded by filius naturalis of don Ottavio Piccolomini Pieri d'Aragona, Ascanio, who had a son Jiri (George) which took the name Nyewelt from his mother in Nachodsko region in Eastern Bohemia, where don Ottavio had possesed his family seat. Piccolomini - Nyvlt were libertins. Many Nyvlt - Nyewelt - Van Niewelt family members from Holland patricius domesticated family in Bohemia were notable persons of the region themselves, there are Dominion officers, priests, musicians, and from 1556 - 1945 in 12 generations the hereditary podestas (mayors) of the Rtyne v Podkrkonosi town, in Nachodsko region. David Antonin Nyvlt was a regent of Prince Piccolomini, the last Piccolomini who ruled the Nachod Dominion from Italy, never came to his estates in Bohemia. Old family legends (legenda o Deviti Krizich) and traditions were confirmed by DNA tests of FamilyTree DNA corp. of America, in october 2014, and today Head of House Macák don Stanislav Macák, who resides in Slovakia, Europe is participating in the sharing the Piccolomini family heritage. Stanislav was made heir to his uncle Miroslav Boháč, who died without male heir in 2000.
Family Macák is following the ancient spiritual traditions of the House Piccolomini as well as Macák family.
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