On the 30th of May 1522 the governor of Genoa Ottaviano Fregoso lost his power after nearly ten years. He was captured by imperial soldiers and brought as prisoner in the Reign of Naples, where he died in April 1524. His will, recently discovered, is published for the first time as it allows to retrace the diplomatic and religious choices of Ottaviano during his two years detention. Even if his name is strickly linked to the Italian literature as one of the main characters of Cortegiano by Baldessar Castiglione, his long government of Genoa, firstly as doge then as governor of French king, was fundamental to develop new models of charity. Infact, he promoted the development of Divino Amore confraternity, which became very popular in many Italian states. Not only was Ottaviano Fregoso a promoter of innovative charitable feelings, but he was also the leader of a political reformation which brought to the promulgation of new Republic constitution on 1528.
Keywords: Ottaviano Fregoso, history of Genoa, Divino Amore, factions, reform of 1528, sack of 1522.