A History of the Papacy During the Period of the Reformation Volume N . 4

A History of the Papacy During the Period of the Reformation Volume N . 4

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... the Medici, and was willing to withdraw from the Florentine territory if his troops were supplied with food. In an evil hour for Florence the proposal was rejected, and Cardona led his starving troops to Prato, and told them that within its walls were food and plunder. The Spaniards felt that they were fighting for their lives, and continued the assault with terrible earnestness till a breach was made in the wall; it was useless for the garrison to try and keep out the famished horde; on August 29 Prato was stormed and sacked. No records in history are more horrible than those that tell of the fiendish cruelty, the brutal lust, the insatiable thirst for gold, of the Spanish soldiers. It is said that five thousand of the inhabitants of Prato were slain; those who survived were tortured, mutilated, and dishonoured We may well believe the story that Pope Leo X. was haunted on his death-bed by the remembrance of the horrors where 1 Letter of Jacopo Ouicciardini to his brother Francesco, in Guicciardini, Oj1ere Inedite, vi. 98. BOOK with the greatness of the Medicean family was again esta. Y-. Wished.1 Flight of Men trembled in Florence at this awful news. Cardona erini. triumphant offered them the choice of war or the Medici; and Soderini shrank from exposing Florence to the fate of Prato. While he hesitated a band of four young men, who were of the party of the Medici, forced their way into the Palazzo, and bade him lay down his office. Soderini had not the soul of a hero, and had already begun to despair; he asked that his life should be spared, and that he might quit Florence. Without any formal deposition, without any popular rising against him, without waiting to strike a blow for his country, he quitted Florence, and made his way to Siena. It...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546148
  • 9781236546142