About Paolo di Sangro, II. principe di Castelfranco
Golden Fleece - Knights: Spanish Branch
-Raimondo De 'Sangro, 7th Duke of Torremaggiore and 7 Prince of San Severo and 1 Castelfranco (1710-1771) GE, the most famous representative of the Casa de' Sangro, who distinguished himself in the battle of Velletri the service of Charles VII of Bourbon, King of Naples and Sicily from 1734 (an ally of France, Spain, Prussia and Bavaria), against the Austrians (War of Austrian Succession), and excelled especially for his inventions, his scientific research and his controversial cut Masonic (many of them persecuted by the Church). Married in 1736 to Princess Carlotta Dell'Aquila Gaetani d'Aragona (descendant of Charlemagne), his first cousin. He has written interesting treatises on the art of war, the fortifications and infantry training ground, very applauded by Frederick II of Prussia. He was the driving force behind the renovation and redecoration of the family chapel of the De 'Sangro di San Severo, the Chapel of St. Mary of Mercy, hiring sculptors Queirolo, Corradini and Sammartino, as well as the refurbishment of Palazzo di Sangro Sansevero Naples. He was chamberlain of the King, Knight of the Order of St. Januarius and adviser of the Crown, as well as Colonel of the Regiment of Capitanata, also joined the Masonic movement and became the Grand Master of all Neapolitan lodges. Vatican halted an attempt to introduce a court in Naples the Holy Office, Cardinal Giuseppe alienating Spinelli, archbishop of Naples, and the Jesuits. Pursued by the Minister Tanucci, his greatest enemy, was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned in Gaeta, debt and rent areas of the palace in which illegal gambling dens installed, as well as his box at the Teatro San Carlo. It is believed that had the disciple Count Cagliostro. In 1765, he resigned all his offices and his titles passed to his son Vincenzo to withdraw from public life and continue his research. At his death, March 22, 1771, his library of 16,000 volumes was sold, dispersed with his inventions, his laboratory and printing dismantled by his successor Vincenzo, 8th Prince of San Severo (1743-1790). His younger son, Paolo V De 'Sangro (1746-1815), inherited the title of 2nd Prince di Castelfranco and married Princess Caroline Augusta von Stolberg--Gedern, but had no offspring and the title returned to Elder Branch .