Bardhi was born in Kallmet or Nënshat in the northern Albanian Zadrima region near Lezhë. He came from a family consisting of many figures high in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and state officials or military commanders of the Republic of Venice. His uncle was Bishop of Sapa and Sarda. He studied theology in Italy. In 1636 he was appointed Bishop of Sapa and Sarda.
Bardhi is remembered as the author of the first Albanian dictionary: Dictionarium latino-epiroticum, Rome 1635 (Latin-Albanian dictionary), comprising 5,640 entries. He also wrote a biography of George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, published in Venice in 1636. Bardhi's work was a polemic against Slavic Catholic priest Ivan Tomko Mrnavić, who claimed that Kastrioti was of Slav origin. From 1637 on, Frang Bardhi submitted reports in Italian and Latin to the Congregation of the Propaganda Fide in Rome which contain a mine of information about his diocese, about political developments, about Albanian customs and about the structure and position of the Catholic Church in Ottoman-occupied Albania.
- Georgius Castriotus Epirensis, vulgo Scanderbegh. Per Franciscum Blancum, De Alumnis Collegij de Propaganda Fide Episcopum Sappatensem etc. Venetiis, Typis Marci Ginammi, MDCXXXVI (1636).
- Bartl, Peter (2007). Bardhyl Demiraj (ed.). Pjetër Bogdani und die Anfänge des alb. Buchdrucks. Nach Vier hundert fünfzig Jahren (in German). Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 273. ISBN 9783447054683. Retrieved 26 September 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Elsie, Robert. "1959 Arshi Pipa: Communism and Albanian Writers". http://www.albanianhistory.net. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
He also raised his voice to defend the Albanian identity of Scanderbeg against a Slavic Catholic priest who claimed that our national hero was a Slav.External link in
- "Description and information on the state of the bishopric and parish churches of the Diocese of Sapa, subjected to the tyranny of the Turks"
- Albanian Literature, Section 1.6, by Robert Elsie, pages 24–27
- Dictionarivm Latino Epiroticvm per R. D. Franciscvm Blanchvm
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