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Italy is, and always has been, a land of raw reality, of glittering light, of pure primary colour, of nature naked and not ashamed, of perfectly transparent souls, of rapidest versatility, cleared mystery, ultimate simplicity, steel, and brains, and blood. A 26 HISTORY OF THE BORGIAS Else she had made no mark, no singular distinguished mark in history. Has she made no mark? Ah what a mark she has made The greatest historian of this period, perhaps the most alert and agile writer of any period, Enea Silvio Bartolomeo de' Piccolhuomini (who afterwards became Pope with !

Him into malleability, to terrify will that into subjugation to Orsini's had been done and well done. P. Ill, would wish to purchase peace with any sacrifice, now that once it had been shown to Him what kind of devildom environed His very throne-steps. Don Napoleone Orsini allowed himself to take this view. He withdrew his that myrmidons. The riot was over. Presently the Pope was riding on His crimson-caparisoned palfrey towards the Vatican, through a peaceful city kneeling at the roadside for Apostolic Benediction.

The Cardinal of Valencia at the Court of Rome gained A 2O HISTORY OF THE BORGIAS the reputation of being inaccessible to flattery, incapable of party- feeling, impregnable in integrity, inconspicuous in morals, inexhaustible in capacity for business and in knowledge of canon-law. P. IV restored the Hospital of the Confraternity of Santo Spirito, Region of Borgc, to something of its pristine glory undertook to contribute a yearly sum whereby its usefulness among the poor and needy might be maintained.

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