The family was always renowned for the great courage and military valiance of his members.
History of a family: the Cantelmos
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The Family in Abruzzo
Famous Members of the Family
In 1607 the Cantelmo family was accepted in the Order of the Knights of Malta. Giuseppe, Prince of Pettorano and Duke of Popoli, was the last member of the hereditary line; he died in 1749 leaving two daughters: the first born married into the Tocco family, the princes of Acaia and Montemiletto, who from then changed their surname to Tocco Cantelmo Stuard. The second- born daughter married into the Carafa family, the princes of Roccella, whose second-born from then on added to their surname that of Cantelmo Stuard.
The Family in the Arts
The military prowess of the family was also praised by Ludovico Ariosto in the 36th Canto of the Orlando Furioso:
"Che cor, duca di Sora, che consiglio
"fu allora il tuo, che trar vedesti l'elmo
"fra mille spade al generoso figlio,
"e menar preso a nave, e sopra un schelmo
"troncargli il capo? Ben mi maraviglio
"che darti morte lo spettacol solo
"non poté, quanto il ferro a tuo figliuolo.