He studied at Erfurt and in Italy, where he took his degree of doctor utriusque juris at Ferrara and devoted himself more especially to the study of Greek.
On his return to Rome, about 1622, he took his degree as Doctor utriusque juris, and then became captain of infantry in the regiment of Colonna, which took part in the war in the Valtelline.
Poli, Testacea utriusque Siciliae, eorumque historic et anatome, tabulis aeneis 49 illustrate, vols.
His most important work is Notitia utriusque Vasconiae, turn Ibericae, tum Aquitanicae, qua praeter situm regionis et alia scitu digna, Navarrae regum coeterarumquo: in its insignum vetustate et dignitate familiarum.
Of his other writings two biblical studies were of some importance, his Kritische Untersuchungen fiber die alttestamentliche Chronik (1834), and his Latin essay on the two recensions of the text of Jeremiah, De utriusque recensionis vaticiniorum Jeremiae ...indole et origine (1837).
His Lectiones in omnes Psalmos Davidis (1635) is exceedingly suggestive and terse in its style, reminding of Bengel's Gnomon, as does also his Commentarius utriusque Epist.
In the section belonging to moral philosophy, we find De remediis utriusque fortunae, a treatise on human happiness and unhappiness; De vita solitaria, a panegyric of solitude; De olio religiosorum, a similar essay on monastic life, inspired by a visit to his brother Gherardo in his convent near Marseilles.