I. Pietro Orseolo


January 27, 2022

Pietro Orseolo I, aka St. Peter of Orseolo (January 10, 928-98), was able to ascend the throne of Venice as the twenty-third in the course of history. He had a very unique reign among the dogs, as his only two-year reign differed from the usual habits of his predecessors in several respects. He was one of the most powerful Venetian families, the first ascendant of the Orseolos, who was ordained to be a saint in a way unique in world history.


Pietro was born in about 928 in a very wealthy Venetian merchant family on the island of Rivoalto. He married Felicita of Malpiero, daughter of the Count of Malpiero, who, according to the chronicles, had family ties to the Badoer (Participazio) family, which ruled for several generations. He had two children. A boy who II. She later became a dog named Pietro Orseolo and a girl who was taken by one of the most wealthy and influential nobles in the city. On August 12, 976, he was elected Doge of the Assembly in the church of San Pietro di Castello on the island of Olivolo. In the eyes of the people, its origin and the fact that it was attended by the tyrant IV were also very important. Also in the expulsion of Pietro Candiano. The first Orseolo took over a half-destroyed city. The people who revolted against the previous Doge ruined the Doge's palace, burned down St. Mark's Cathedral and destroyed the surrounding areas. Pietro had a very strong Christian upbringing, so he considered it his first task to tidy up the ravaged city. He rebuilt the palace and St. Mark's Church at his own expense. The first gilded altar of the basilica, the Pala d'oro, arrived from Constantinople at this time. From his private wealth, he not only tidied up public buildings. The generous dose gave thousands of pounds of money to those who were wounded or lost all during the war. Moreover, he even made donations to the urban poor. No wonder its popularity soon grew tremendously. His dose of piety dealt with politics only as much as he considered it important for his gracious reign. That is why he renewed the former peace agreement with the Istrian pirates so that he could safely complete the reconstruction of the city. He also wanted to avoid revenge, so he reconciled his predecessor’s widow, Waldrada, and his child, Vitale, who is not the same patriarch of Grado, with a huge sum of money. Fleeing to the German-Roman imperial court, Waldrada welcomed the generosity of the dog. The human ruler decided in 978 to retire from the reign and locked himself in a convent. According to the chronicles, on September 1, he escaped from the city under cover of night and found refuge in the monastery of Cuxa, hiding among the peaks of the Pyrenees. You really don’t know the reason for your sudden retreat. According to St. In the massacre against Pietro, he left the throne in atonement. Others say St. Romuald spoke of his hermit life. His excellent dose died on January 10, 987, in a distant convent, followed only by his brother-in-law, Giovanni Marosini. Descendants deservedly remembered Pietro, who was consecrated in 1731 by the Roman Catholic Church. Earth remains of the XV. Louis, king of France, took him back to Venice, where he was laid to rest in the crypt of St. Mark's Cathedral.



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