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Lives of the Milanese Tyrants

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ISBN 9780674987524

Publication Date: 09/17/2019


400 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

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  • Introduction
    • Filippo Maria Visconti
    • Francesco Sforza
    • Pier Candido Decembrio
    • Notes
  • Lives of the Milanese Tyrants
    • Life of Filippo Maria Visconti [The Life of Filippo Maria, Third Duke of Lombardy / Vita Philippi Mariae Tertii Ligurum Ducis]
      • 1. The origins of the Visconti and their illustrious forebears
      • 2. Filippo Maria’s ancestors
      • 3. Filippo Maria’s grandfather Galeazzo II
      • 4. Filippo Maria’s father Gian Galeazzo
      • 5. The birth of Filippo Maria and his upbringing
      • 6. What Gian Galeazzo and his astrologers thought of Filippo Maria
      • 7. His beginnings as a ruler
      • 8. Filippo Maria obtains the Duchy of Milan
      • 9. How Filippo Maria behaved at the beginning of his reign
      • 10. The deeds of Filippo Maria
      • 11. The origins of his wars
      • 12. War against Lodi and Como
      • 13. War against Cremona, Brescia, and Bergamo
      • 14. The recovery of Parma
      • 15. War against Genoa
      • 16. War against the Swiss
      • 17. The Florentine War
      • 18. The first Venetian war
      • 19. A note on the war with Savoy
      • 20. The second Venetian war
      • 21. A new war with Venice and victory over King Alfonso of Aragon
      • 22. Another war against Genoa
      • 23. The fourth Venetian war
      • 24. The fifth Venetian war
      • 25. The deeds done during his reign
      • 26. The battles at which Filippo Maria was present
      • 27. The high regard in which he held his generals
      • 28. His clever ways of testing the loyalty of his captains and soldiers
      • 29. The famous military commanders who served under his banners
      • 30. The devices emblazoned on Filippo’s standards
      • 31. His clemency in war
      • 32. His fame
      • 33. His care in managing the affairs of state
      • 34. His cleverness in choosing his advisors
      • 35. How he governed the cities of his realm
      • 36. His building projects
      • 37. How he cared for and restored sacred buildings
      • 38. His marriages and children
      • 39. How he behaved toward his wives
      • 40. His devotion to his parents and brothers
      • 41. The methods he used to probe the minds of his men
      • 42. His patience with wrongdoers and his way of punishing them
      • 43. His genius for dissimulating
      • 44. His taste for a good joke
      • 45. With what skill he could win friendship even from his enemies
      • 46. The young men to whom he entrusted the care of his person
      • 47. The watch kept over his residence and how entry was regulated
      • 48. The rules whereby officials and dignitaries were admitted to see him
      • 49. His places of residence near Milan and the waterways he built
      • 50. His physical appearance and attributes
      • 51. His clothes and the furnishings of his palace
      • 52. His favorite foods
      • 53. His manner of walking and talking
      • 54. His eating and sleeping habits
      • 55. The power of his memory and how he kept track of everyone’s doings
      • 56. His physical condition from adolescence onward
      • 57. His circle of doctors and the extent to which he trusted their advice
      • 58. His lifelong passion for weapons and horsemanship
      • 59. The delight he took in caring for his horses, dogs, panthers, and birds
      • 60. Fowling and hunting
      • 61. The games he enjoyed playing
      • 62. His literary studies from childhood and his cunning turns of phrase
      • 63. How he treated men of letters
      • 64. The most outstanding men of his court
      • 65. His observance of religious duties and his way of praying
      • 66. The fears that beset him during the night and the mounting of the guard
      • 67. His superstitious nature and his fear of lightning
      • 68. His respect for astrologers and his observance of the lunar cycles
      • 69. The signs that predicted the defeat of his armies
      • 70. The signs foretelling his end and the hour of his death
      • 71. His last will and testament and how the Milanese regained their freedom
    • The Deeds of Francesco Sforza [A Record of the Deeds of the Most Illustrious Francesco Sforza, Fourth Duke of Milan / Annotatio Rerum Gestarum in Vita Illustrissimi Francisci Sfortiae Quarti Mediolanensis Ducis]
      • Here begins a brief account of the deeds in arms of that most victorious of princes, Francesco Sforza
      • 1. The preface of Pier Candido
      • 2. The origins of Francesco Sforza and the fame of his father
      • 3. The ignorance of those who have written about him
      • 4. The birth of Francesco Sforza
      • 5. His brothers and sisters and his education
      • 6. How Francesco Sforza first acquired the title of count
      • 7. The marriage of Francesco’s father
      • 8. Honors conferred upon Muzio and his various fortunes
      • 9. The notable behavior of Muzio’s sister and how he was finally freed
      • 10. Honors bestowed upon Muzio’s son, and praise for Foschino Attendolo
      • 11. Muzio places his son Francesco in command of his army
      • 12. A notable example of Francesco’s good judgment
      • 13. The memorable deaths of Muzio Attendolo and of Braccio da Montone
      • 14. Growth of Francesco’s military reputation under Pope Martin
      • 15. Notable things that occurred in the following years
      • 16. Revolt in Genoese territory and Francesco’s skill
      • 17. Francesco frees Lucca from the Florentines
      • 18. Francesco leaves Lucca, and what happened next
      • 19. Francesco is adopted by Filippo Maria through his betrothal to Bianca Maria; his deeds in war
      • 20. Francesco Sforza seizes the march of Ancona
      • 21. Pope Eugenius assigns the marquisate of Ancona to Francesco Sforza
      • 22. Francesco Sforza serves the cause of the Church
      • 23. The noteworthy clemency and generosity of Filippo Maria Visconti is imitated by Francesco Sforza
      • 24. Francesco recovers the city of Bologna for the Church
      • 25. Francesco Sforza reacts vigorously to suppress a conspiracy, and his defense of Pisa
      • 26. Francesco frees the city of Verona
      • 27. Francesco is victorious over the armies of Filippo Maria
      • 28. The siege of Martinengo and the Offer of peace from Filippo Maria Visconti
      • 29. Filippo Maria gives Bianca Maria to Francesco Sforza in marriage; Francesco’s mixed fortunes
      • 30. Filippo Maria unleashes war on Francesco Sforza in Cremona
      • 31. Filippo Maria signs a new agreement with Francesco Sforza; the death of Filippo Maria
      • 32. Francesco Sforza occupies Pavia and Piacenza
      • 33. The Milanese bestow their standards on Francesco Sforza; the naval battle near Cremona
      • 34. Francesco defeats the Venetians at Caravaggio
      • 35. Milan plunges into civil turmoil and Francesco Sforza makes peace with Venice
      • 36. Francesco Sforza prosecutes war against Milan
      • 37. Civil conflict intensifies in Milan and the city makes peace with Venice
      • 38. Francesco Sforza is victorious and obtains Milan
      • 39. Francesco Sforza shows clemency and kindness toward all on his entry into Milan
      • 40. Francesco is victorious in war against Venice; peace comes to Italy
  • Appendix
  • Note on the Texts and Translations
  • Notes to the Texts
  • Notes to the Translations
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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