Grimaldo Canella

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Grimaldo Canella
Consul of Genoa
In office
1162–1162
Consul of Genoa
In office
1170–1170
Consul of Genoa
In office
1184–1184
Personal details
Diedc. 1184
ChildrenGrimaldo, Ingo, Oberto[1] and Nicolas[2]

Grimaldo Canella (d. c. 1184) was the youngest son of Otto Canella[1] and Consul of Genoa in 1162, 1170, and 1184.[3] He later served as an ambassador to the Holy Roman Empire of Frederick Barbarossa.[2][3]

Grimaldo Canella named his son Oberto, who was known as "Oberto, son of Grimaldo."[1] In patronymic terms, this was "Oberto Grimaldi," making this son of Grimaldo the first of the family known to bear the surname of Grimaldi.[1]

A century later, in 1270, the Guelph families of Grimaldi and Fieschi were forced into exile from Genoa.[3] The Grimaldis ended up in the Guelph towns around Nice.[3] They made their first attempt to seize the Ghibelline fortress of Monaco in 1297, although they did not control it permanently until 1419.[2][1] Thus the family became Princes of Monaco.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "GRIMALDI.ORG - The Grimaldi Family". 2002-03-28. Archived from the original on 2014-01-12.
  2. ^ a b c Saige, Gustave (1897). Monaco: Ses Origines et Son Histoire (Digital ed.). Imprimerie de Monaco. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Grimaldo: Founder of the House of Grimaldi". The House of Grimaldi. Grimaldi.org. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)