A History of the Borgias by Frederick Baron Corvo

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Sylvester's Eve, 1378, the year of the opening of the Great Schism, at Xativa, and baptized in the church of St. Mary in that city. He himself has told us youth was spent at two Bulls dated 1457. * His the University of Lerida, where he this, in specialised in jurisprudence for the degree of Doctor in Civil and Canon Law, and obtained a professorship and 1 Villanueva (I. P. Ill, giving relics to the church at Xativa. On p. 51, Villanueva alludes to him as "Don Alonso de Borja, natural de la Torre de Canals, bautisado en la Iglesia Collegial de Xativa, hoy S.

A called all Spaniards Catalans been elected ; but He was old, a Catalan indubitably had feeble, He might be He was influenced, He might be amenable to intimidation, to a show of force. It is so easy for the twentieth century, with its jaded physique and sophisticated brain, and the magnificent perspective of half a thousand years, to read the motives which actuated the physically strong and intellectually simple fifteenth, when the world the dust which makes man's flesh colour was was vivid ; five centuries light, a blaze younger and fresher when virtue and vice, extreme ; ; ; passion, primitive and ardent; life, violent; youth, intense, supreme and sententious pettifogging respectable medioc; rity, senile and debile, of no importance whatever.

P. P. Ill, that His attention to the duties of His office was amazing; that His patience at audiences was the astounding; that He Himself dictated the Apostolic Briefs and Bulls written to kings and princes, nor trusted them to the official scribes; that jurisprudence was His recreation ; that He was as familiar with canon-law as though He were professor at the University of Lerida. Two problems confronted Him at the beginning of His the Renascence of Learning, and the Infidel in reign Christendom.

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