Chronicles of the House of Borgia by Frederick Baron Corvo

By Frederick Baron Corvo

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This notable, being one of the secretaries of King Don Alonso I, was well-known to the Holiness of the Pope. He was erudite beyond most of his contempories, of a daring temperament, and impatient of bad scholarship, falsehood, and superstition. In 1440 he indited a merciless exposure of the monstrous fiction now known as the Forged Decretals and Donation of Constantine, upon The Lord of letters. Calixtus P. P. He made ; ^ The first Pontiff of this name, fifth in succession from the Lord St. , is named in the Canon of the Mass as Xystus [Svaros, cf.

As usual they were divided into factions but, strange to say, the division was not one of nationality. The ancient and interminable feud between the great Roman baronial houses of Colonna and Orsini, penetrated even here. Not temporal policy of the Holy See, not differences of pious opinions, but simply rivalry of ; ; ; ; clan, governed The Most this election. P. P. V died at the beginning instead of at the end of a long illness for, Illustrious : according to the dispatch of Nicholas of Pontremoli, Orator of Duke Francesco Sforza-Visconti of Milan, dated the first of April, Herr 1455, he was then the favourite.

P. 1 1 1 entirely employed Himself in the defence of Christendom, and the Culture. political. He clientsof His predecessorwere consciousof the change. Literature and the fine arts have one very sorry effect upon their Intellectual culture avidly pursued makes its professors. devotees show pitifully by the side of the manly men who deal with realities and verities, with life and death, the Letters sailors, soldiers, adventurers, and empire-builders. and the Arts cultivate the baser parts of man meanness, The touchy nature of the writers and jealousy, conceit.

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