Lorenzo De' Medici and Florence in the Fifteenth Century

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Putnam, 1896 - Florence (Italy) - 449 pages
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Page 228 - I dislike these Ultramontanes and barbarians beginning to interfere in Italy. We are so disunited and so deceitful that I believe that nothing but shame and loss would be our lot; recent experience may serve to foretell the future." How true a prophet he was, the subsequent course of Italian history revealed! Anxious though the situation was, crucial though many of the problems he had to solve undoubtedly were, yet the statement may be accepted as approximately true that the last three or four years...
Page 81 - I HAVE arrived here safely and am quite well. This, I believe, will please you better than any other news, if I may judge by my own longings for you and home. Be good company to Piero, Mona Contessina, and Mona Lucrezia, and I will soon come back to you, for it seems a thousand years till I can see you once more. Pray to God for me, and if there is anything you want, let me know before I leave.
Page 87 - The second day after his death, although I, Lorenzo, was very young, in fact only in my twenty-first year, the leading men of the city and of the ruling party came to our house to express their sorrow for our misfortune, and to persuade me to take upon myself the charge of the government of the city, as my grandfather and father had already done. This proposal being contrary to the instincts of my age, and entailing great labour and danger, I accepted against my will, and only for the sake of protecting...
Page 293 - ... but among them he had one for quiet happiness which would be amazing to read of, unless one could understand how easily a man keeps the comely and the vile in separate lockers of his soul, and can dip in either at will. Here is a letter from one of his children at Poggio to his "dearest father": "Giuliano does nothing but laugh; Lucrezia sews, sings, and reads; Maddalena goes knocking her head against the walls but does not hurt herself; Luisa can already say several little sentences; Contessina...
Page 289 - It is the prize, or the penalty, of a versatile receptive nature to be regarded as a mystery. The slower mind cannot follow with sufficient speed the workings of so sensitive an instrument, though the eye marks the multiplicity of results. The reality is that the action and reaction of circumstances and character are peculiarly rapid, but the observer believes that the outward manifestations are artificial and dramatic, having little relation to the inner life. This forms a real difficulty in the...
Page 310 - ... Marco's to the dying Magnifico is no exception. Poliziano relates the incident in one form, the followers of Savonarola in another; but neither report is absolutely authentic. Suffice it for us that Benedetto, writing a week after the Magnifico's death, says of the matter: "Our dear friend and master died so nobly, with all the patience, the reverence, the recognition of God which the best of holy men and a soul divine could show, with words upon his lips so kind, that he seemed a new St. Jerome.
Page 74 - ... was not perhaps his skill or courage that won the prize. His success is rightly estimated in his own short memoir, " To follow the custom, and do like others, I gave a tournament on the Piazza Santa Croce at great cost, and with much magnificence ; I find that about 10,000 ducats were spent on it. Although I was not a very vigorous warrior, nor a hard hitter, the first prize was adjudged to me, a helmet inlaid with silver and a figure of Mars as the crest.
Page 423 - I Sandro painted this picture at the end of the year 1500 in the troubles of Italy in the half time after the time according to the eleventh chapter of...
Page 290 - As his intellect was versatile, so his character was receptive. He possessed in abundance that quality of 'give and take/ that power of impressing others and of receiving their impression, that gift of simpatia which to the Italian expresses so much more than its English representative.... Lorenzo was equally natural and unaffected whether he were planning a comic novelty for the Carnival, or critically examining the last new manuscript that his agents had brought or forwarded from Greece or elsewhere....
Page 143 - 43 of love, he composed verses in. his mother-tongue, full of weight and sentiment/ He talked brightly and thought soundly, delighted in witty and playful company, but hated above all men those who lied or bore a grudge for wrongs. Faithful and highminded, regardful of religious forms and moral decencies, he was ever ready to render service, or perform a courteous act. In his relations to his brother, whom he worshipped, there was no sign of jealousy.

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