St. Catharine of Siena. Caterina Sforza. Vittoria Colonna

St. Catharine of Siena. Caterina Sforza. Vittoria Colonna

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... DIBAFFECTION. 243 angered to a degree she rarely suffered herself to appear; and issued orders that oflicers should that night go round to every house in Forli at midnight, when the inmates were sure to be found there, and warn each enrolled man severally, that if he did not appear at the appointed hour on the morrow, he should be dangling from a gallows before the next nightfall. But the result of this vigorous measure by no means tended to mend matters. For the threatened men, almost to a man, used the remaining hours of that night to escape from the city; a contingency against which no provision had been made; as it had never entered into the head of Catherine or her counsellors that the daring disaflection of her subjects could proceed to such lengths. The anger of the baflled sovereign may be imagined. But it was still worse to find, from the unusually loud mutterings of the citizens, that public opinion was in favour of the deserters. One said that citizens unaccustomed to soldiership could be of no use in war; another, that it was hard for men with families to be called on to abandon them for Madama's affairs, and merely because she willed it; while others, more daringly meddling with matters of state policy, maintained, that it was against all reason that Forli should unite herself with Florence, which could be of no use to her, against the Venetians, with whom was the principal commerce of the city. The incident was assuredly an ominous one. But Catherine was not to be easily frightened or diverted from her intent; and for this time the required levies were obtained from the apparently more docile and more long-suffering peasants of the territory. A little later in July of this year 1499, we find the Florentines more

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  • 9781236965592