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  • ID: I31054
  • Name: Thomas AQUINAS , Saint 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Tomasso d' /Aquino/, Saint
  • Birth: ABT 1225 in Roccasecca Castle, Monte Cassino, Naples, Italy 1
  • Death: 7 MAR 1273/74 2 3
  • Note:
    The following is copied from

    Feast: January 28

    The Italian family of Aquino traced its ancestry back to the Lombard kings and was linked with several of the royal houses of Europe. Landulph, father of Thomas Aquinas, held the titles of Count of Aquino and Lord of Loreto, Acerro, and Belcastro; he was nephew of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and also connected to the family of King Louis IX of France, whose life precedes this; his wife, Theodora, Countess of Teano, was descended from the Norman barons who had conquered Sicily some two centuries earlier. Thomas himself, at maturity, was a man of imposing stature, massive build, and fair complexion, and appeared more of a Norseman than a south Italian. The place and date of his birth are not definitely known, but it is assumed that he was born in 1226 at his father's castle of Roccasecca, whose craggy ruins are still visible on a mountain which rises above the plain lying between Rome and Naples. He was the sixth son in the family. While Thomas was still a child, his little sister, who slept in the same room with him and their nurse, was instantly killed one night by a bolt of lightning. This shocking experience caused Thomas to be extremely nervous during thunderstorms all his life long, and while a storm raged he often took refuge in a church. After his death, there arose a popular devotion to him as a protector from thunderstorms and sudden death.
    A few miles to the south of Roccasecca, on a high plateau, stands the most famous of Italian monasteries, Monte Cassino, the abbot of which, at the time, was Thomas' uncle. When he was about nine years old the boy was sent to Cassino, in care of a tutor, to be educated in the Benedictine school which adjoined the cloister. In later years, when Thomas had achieved renown, the aged monks liked to recall the grave and studious child who had pored over their manuscripts, and who would ask them questions that revealed his lively intelligence and his deeply religious bent. Thomas was popular too with his companions, though he seldom took part in their games. He spent five happy years in the school at Cassino, returning home now and again to see his parents.

    Note: The book "St. Thomas Aquinas" by G. K. Chesterton states that Red Barbarossa (Frederick I Barbarossa, HRE) was Thomas' great uncle and Frederick II HRE was his 2nd cousin. This book is online at

    The website entitled "St. Thomas of Aquino, Doctor of the Church and Confessor-1225-1274 A.D.", citing as sources: [from his life written by Bartholomew of Lucca, some time the saint's confessor; also another life compiled for his canonization by William of Tocco, Prior of Benevento, who had been personally acquainted with the saint, etc. See F. Touron in his life of St. Thomas, in quarto, Paris, 1737], states that Thomas' "grandfather married the sister of the Emperor Frederick I, he was himself grand-nephew to that prince". The text goes on to state that Thomas was 2nd cousin to Emperor Henry VI and in the 3rd degree to Frederick II (I don't agree with the calculation of degrees of kinship, maybe they calculate cousins differently than I do). This is online at

    Father: Landolfo (Landone) V Conte d' AQUINO b: ABT 1160 in Roccasecca Castle, Monte Cassino, Naples, Italy
    Mother: Teodora di CARACCIOLA , Contessa di Teano b: ABT 1195 in Caraccioli, Roccabascerana, Naples, Italy

    1. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Richard Borthwick, 26 Oct 1999
    2. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Richard Borthwick, 26 Oct 1999
      Text: 1274
    3. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
      Page: Henry Soszynski, 15 Nov 2000
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