The History of Florence

The History of Florence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... serviceable to his friends, liberal, and " beloved by everybody. Tell me a little now, what law is there " against charity, liberality, and love? And although these are "the very ways which all men adopt who aim at sovereignty, "yet they are not so regarded in the case of Cosimo; nor have " we sufficient credit to make them so regarded. For our past "conduct has caused all confidence to be withdrawn from us; "and the city of Florence, which is naturally partisan and cor-"rupt from having always been divided into parties, will not "listen to such accusations. But suppose that you were to " succeed in driving him out, --which might well be, having a " Signoria well disposed to it, --how can you ever prevent his "return, when so many of his friends remain here, who will "labor most ardently for his return? You will find it impos-"sible to guard against this danger, for his friends are so "numerous and have the support and good will of the masses. "And the more of his avowed friends you expel, the greater "number of enemies will you make yourselves; so that in a "little while he would be recalled in spite of you, and all you " will have gained will be that you have driven him out a good "man and that he returns a bad one; for his nature will be " corrupted by those who will have recalled him, and whom he " could not oppose being under such obligations to them. And "should you wish to kill him, you will never succeed in doing "it by legal means, for his money and your corruptible natures "will always save him. But suppose him to be killed or ban-" ished not to return, I do not see what our republic...
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236501101
  • 9781236501103