Blessed William of Altavilla

detail of an Italian holy card of Blessed William of Altavilla by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Born to the 13th century nobility, he gave up the worldly life to become a Mercedarian knight, and to devote himself and his worldly goods to the ransom of Christians enslaved by Muslims; in 1263 alone he rescued 208 of them. Spiritual student of Blessed William de Bas.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed William of Altavilla“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 August 2016. Web. 20 October 2020. <>