Florentine Archfather is the principal style used by the Bishop of St. Stephen and Prince of Rome. Archfather is a title of ancient origin synonymous with chief priest, patriarch, and the like. The historic Florentine Archfathers are those with secular heritage in Florence, as well as ecclesiastical patriarchal authority. The first four, beginning with Leo X, were also Roman Archfathers, i.e., Popes. The present Florentine Archfather is the Bishop of St. Stephen and Prince of Rome. Today the title of Archfather is used exclusively by the Florentine Archfather.

See also the Temporal Succession of the Patriarchate.

* The Merovingian dynasty was the Frankish (German) ruling family from the mid-5th century until 751. They were known as Kings of the Franks, and their territory included much of modern-day France, as well as parts of Germany. They were the precursor to the Holy Roman Empire and were succeeded by the family of Charlemagne.


Leo X Pont. Max.
Bishop and Prince of Rome

Clement VII Pont. Max.
Bishop and Prince of Rome

Pius IV Pont. Max.
Bishop and Prince of Rome

Leo XI Pont. Max.
Bishop and Prince of Rome

Rutherford I Pont. Magnus
Bishop of St. Stephen and Prince of Rome

 

 

* The titular principality of Florence is now vested in the Patriarchate of St. Stephen.
For more information, visit the page of the Principality of Florence.

 

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