A History of the Borgias by Frederick Baron Corvo

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It is said that the style of a history should be grave and stately; and so it should be, when History is written in human men epic form. But to write of men and women, and women, on those inhuman lines, is nothing but an unnatural crime and, also, as ridiculously incongruous and inconsistent, as it would be to sing the Miserere mei Deus to the tune of the Marseillaise. For human nature is not at all times grave and stately; but has its dressing-gownand-slipper periods, the human nature. The aim of this work is to display the Borgia alive and picturesque and unconventional, as indeed they were not monumentally to ; ; freeze them into ideally heroic moulds, or to chisel them into conventionally unrecognisable effigies.

The glory of Greece had gone to Imperial Rome. The grandeur of Imperial Rome had returned to Byzantium. And now the glory and grandeur of Byzantium was activity, fugitives going to Christian Rome. When danger menaced, when the days of stress began to dawn, scholars and cunning artificers, experts skilful in all knowledge, fled westward to the open arms of Italy with their treasures of work. Italy welcomed all who could enlarge, illuminate, her transcendent genius learning and culture and skill found with her not exile but a home, and a market for wares.

Mi sembra che Borgia come di tela la storia si sia servita sopra sfenatesze dei secoli history has made the la delta famiglia quale abbia voluto dipingere le XV, XVI. " (Ragguali, sulla vita di Marino Sanuto, 207. note. ) By some historians, the Borgia women are delineated as "poison-bearing maenads," or "veneficous bacchantes"; the Borgia men as monsters utterly flagitious both men and women of a wickedness perfectly impossible to human nature, perfectly improbable even in nature kakodaimoniacal.

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