Pietro Aretino, the Scourge of Princes

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: ...to the pompous Marchese del Vasto, and to him finally the Marfisa was dedicated when it was published in Venice in 1535. In spite of the defection of the Duke of Mantua, Aretino's fame and security and well-being increased from now on almost without a check. Under the protection of the Republic he began to live the life he had always longed for in the midst of peace, wealth, order and luxury. He enjoyed it all enormously and his success was astonishing. Everyone sent him presents and clothes, to shut or open his mouth, voluntarily because they admired him, or unwillingly because they feared him and he begged or threatened them. "With a goose-quill and a few sheets of paper," he writes, "I mock myself of the universe. They say I am the son of a courtesan, it may be so, but I have the heart of a King. I live free, I enjoy myself, I can call myself happy." It was now that he became not so much the Scourge as the Screw of Princes. 1 Luzio, op. cit., p. 52, and Doc. XLIII, VIII VENICE (1531-1533) THE HOUSE OF ARETINO VIII VENICE (1531-1533) THE HOUSE OF ARETINO SOON after he came to Venice, Aretino had taken up his abode in the house of Domenico Bolani, half-way between the Ca d'Oro and the Rialto Bridge opposite the Rialto in the best part of the Grand Canal. "I should be wanting," he writes, "in gratitude if I did not praise, and so pay in part what I owe, the divinity of the site of your house, in which I dwell with the greatest pleasure in life. For it is placed not too high or too low, nor too far down nor too far up: but I hesitate to speak of its merits as I should in speaking of those of the Emperor. Certainly he who built it gave it this pre-eminence, that it is on the finest part of the Grand Canal, and as that is the...

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