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Paolo Sfondrati correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 518

Scope and Contents

Contains letters written and received by Sfondrati during his service as ambassador to the Duke of Savoy. Among his correspondents were Carlo d'Aragona Tagliavia, governor of Milan, and François de Vergy, governor of Burgundy. Materials focus on relationship between Spanish holdings and Savoy, and date from between 1581 and 1584.


  • 1581-1584


Language of Materials

Materials are in Italian, Spanish, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Paolo Sfondrati correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paolo Sfondrati (1514-1587) was a Milanese senator and diplomat.

Paolo Sfondrati was born in 1514 to Francesco Sfondrati and Anna Visconti. The Sfondrati family were prominent politicians in Milan, and he followed his father into public service. Sfondrati was baron of Valsassina and count of Riviera, and married Sigismonda d'Este, daughter of the Marquis of S. Martino. They had six children, including Paolo Camillo, Ercole, and Francesco.

In Milan Sfondrati served as a senator, as well as a diplomat to the court of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy. He also remained in contact with his brother, Niccolò, who would become pope Gregory XIV in 1590. Paolo Sfondrati died in Turin on April 23, 1587.

Biographical History

Carlo d'Aragona (1520-1599) was a governor and ruler in Italy.

Aragona was born in Palermo in 1520 to Giovanni Tagliavia, count of Catelvetrano, and Antonia de Aragon, daughter of the Duke of Terranova. He married Margherita Ventimiglia, of the prominent noble family of southern Italy. He became known as Magnus Siculus (the Great Sicilian), serving twice as viceroy of Sicily from 1556 to 1568, and from 1571 to 1577. He then was made viceroy of Catalonia (1581-1582) before being appointed as governor of the Duchy of Milan in 1583. He served in this role until 1592. Aragona died in Madrid in 1599.

Biographical History

François de Vergy (1530-1591) was a government official in Burgundy.

François de Vergy was born in 1530 to Guillaume de Vergy and Anne de Rochechouart. He served as gouverneur de Bourgogne under Phillip II beginning in 1560, and in 1574 was made Comté de Champlitte. He became Knight of the Golden Fleece in 1584. Vergy married twice, and had two sons and a daughter. He died in 1591.


7 folders (0.4 linear ft.)


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Paolo Sfondrati correspondence
Leslie Evens
2011 October 31
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States