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But he was in nessun caso sooner per Milan than he did the contrary by assisting Pope Alexander onesto occupy the Romagna

But he was in nessun caso sooner per Milan than he did the contrary by assisting Pope Alexander onesto occupy the Romagna

King Louis was brought into Italy by the ambition of the Venetians, who desired onesto obtain half the state of Lombardy by his intervention. I will not blame the course taken by the king, because, wishing onesto get a foothold mediante Italy, and having in nessun caso friends there-seeing rather that every door was shut preciso him owing sicuro the conduct of Charles-he was forced esatto accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly sopra his design if in other matters he had not made some mistakes. The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Gabinetto, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese-everybody made advances to him to become his friend. Then could the Venetians realize the rashness of the course taken by them, which, mediante order that they might secure two towns in Lombardy, had made the king master of two-thirds of Italy.

Let any one now consider with what little difficulty the king could have maintained his position durante Italy had he observed the rules above laid down, and kept all his friends secure and protected; for although they were numerous they were both weak and timid, some afraid of the Church, some of the Venetians, and thus they would always have been forced puro stand sopra with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful. And having committed this adjonction error, he was obliged esatto follow it up, so much so that, esatto put an end sicuro the ambition of Alexander, and esatto prevent his becoming the specializzazione of Tuscany, he was himself forced preciso che into Italy.

It never occurred preciso him that by this action he was weakening himself, depriving himself of friends and of those who had thrown themselves into his lap, whilst he aggrandized the Church by adding much temporal power sicuro the spiritual, thus giving it greater authority

And as if it were not enough esatto have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing puro have the kingdom of Naples, divided it with the King of Spain, and where he was the adjonction arbiter sopra Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere onesto shelter; and whereas he could have left per the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, esatto put one there who was able sicuro drive him, Louis, out in turn.

Therefore Louis made these five errors: he destroyed the minor powers, he increased the strength of one of the greater powers con Italy, he brought per per foreign power, he did not settle in the country, he did not send colonies

The wish puro acquire is per truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they can, and for this they will be praised not blamed; but when they cannot do so, yet wish onesto do so by any means, then there is folly and blame. Therefore, if France could have attacked Naples with her own forces she ought sicuro have done so; if she could not, then she ought not puro have divided it. And if the partition which she made with the Venetians in Lombardy was justified by the excuse that by it she got per foothold in Italy, this other partition merited blame, for it had not the excuse of that necessity.

Which errors, had he lived, were not enough to injure him had he not made a sixth by taking away their dominions from the Venetians; because, had he not aggrandized the Church, nor brought Spain into Italy, it would have been very reasonable and necessary esatto humble them; but having first taken these steps, he ought never esatto have consented puro their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, preciso which the Venetians would never have consented except sicuro become masters themselves there; also because the others would not wish to take Lombardy from France mediante order preciso give it esatto the Venetians, and preciso run counter esatto both they would not have had the courage.

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