Aeneas Silvius (Enea Silvio de' Piccolomini--Pius II.); Orator, Man of Letters, Statesman, and Pope

Aeneas Silvius (Enea Silvio de' Piccolomini--Pius II.); Orator, Man of Letters, Statesman, and Pope

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Rose in his left hand and employed his right hand in blessing the people. The envoys of the King of Aragon (who held Naples of the Papacy as a fief) and the barons of Rome took turns at leading his horse. At Monte Giordano, the Jews presented Nicholas with their book of the Law, which he accepted, but condemned their interpretation of it. The ceremony took place at St. John's Lateran, and, at its close, gold and silver medals were given to the cardinals, prelates, and envoys. A feast followed, the Pope dining alone in his palace, and everybody else in the House of the Canons. ' We' (Eneas and Procopius) ' were the guests of Cardinal Carvajal.' When Eneas arrived at Rome a rumour of the death of the Bishop of Trieste had reached the city. Eugenius intended to confer the benefice on him, but the report proved to be premature. But soon afterwards the bishop died, and Nicholas, as we have seen, carried out Eugenius's desire. As a humanist, Nicholas loved to advance his fellow-scholars. Vespasiano Bistucci tells us that his eloquent oration at the funeral of Eugenius gave him the Papacy, a statement which, though not correct, is evidence of the high estimation in which oratory was held in the fifteenth century. ' Nicholas began all the liberal studies early in life, ' says Eneas in his ambassadorial report; ' he is familiar with all the historians, poets, and cosmographers; he is well acquainted with the theologians, and is well read in civil and canon law, and even in medicine.'l The new Pope found the 1 Ma. Silvius, Rdatio, A.d. 1447, apud Muratori, Berum Italicarum Scriptoru, iii. 2, p. 895. M states of the Church still in disorder; the national church of France was practically independent of the Papacy; there was still a rival Pope; the...
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  • English
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