Caesar Borgia; the Stanhope essay for 1891

9781235909832: Caesar Borgia; the Stanhope essay for 1891
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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. 1891 Excerpt: ...was not to be trifled with. Yet, when in camp, he found time to gather round him, with that 'liberalitas Caesarea 2' which he had displayed from his youth upwards, a small court to which he strove to play the double part of Augustus and Maecenas. Among those to be found there were authors such as Hieronimus Portius and Francesco Sperulo, painters such as Pinturicchio, for whom Raphael had such a sincere admiration, and the versatile genius Leonardo da Vinci3, his chief engineer. The siege of Faenza dragged its slow length along4. Assaults and surprises alike proved unavailing, and it was not till April 2ist, 1501, that negotiations were opened, as the result of which four days later Michelotto took possession. Its cession was stained by an unprovoked piece of treachery, but one which under the circumstances was almost necessary. It had been agreedthat the young Astorre should be liberated on the handing over of the town; but such an act, after his desperate fight for independence had made him the darling of the populace, meant certain revolution and ruin to Caesar's hopes. He kept Astorre under guard and then had him transferred to the Vatican 5. Two years later (June 2, 1502) his 1 Cf. especially Mach., Prince, ch. 7, II. The incident is trifling, save that it and Discorsi, iii. ch. 29. shows (1) the manners of the time; (2) 2 A phrase of Carlo Valgulio's of Caesar's power in defying Venice, which Brescia. interfered on behalf of its captain. For, 3 For Leon. da Vinci. cf. Alvisi, Ces. the siege of Faenza, cf. San. 1501,e01.23. Borg., app. 63. p. 537. 5 His body was found with that of It was at this time the famous rape two youths, a woman, and several of Dorothea Caracciolo, wife of Battista others. Cf. Burch., 'Reperti sunt in Caracciolo, a captain of Ve...

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