A History Of The Papacy From The Great Schism To The Sack Of Rome (volume 5)

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byMandell Creighton

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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. 1897. Excerpt: ... THE POISONS OF THE BORGIA. Cesare and Alfonso which ended in a murder resulting from personal feeling. Cesare Borgia would not commit a deliberate crime except for some good reason. The reasons alleged for this murder are insufficient. They are: (i) The desire for Sermoneta, which Capello seems to hint at; but Sermoneta belonged to Lucrezia, not to Alfonso, and devolved on her son Rodrigo. (2) The desire for the overthrow of the house of Aragon in Naples; but Alfonso was powerless to prevent this, and his death would not further that object. (3) The desire to marry Lucrezia to some one who would be more useful. This seems plausible at first sight, when the Ferrarese marriage is considered. But that marriage took place after an interval of sixteen months and can scarcely have been in view at the time of the murder. Moreover, the murder of her previous husband was not in itself a good recommendation of Lucrezia to another suitor. If Cesare were such an adept at poisoning as he is often represented, he might have used a means of getting rid of Alfonso which was less open and violent. It seems most probable that the deed was the result of sudden passion. 2. The Poisonings attributed to the Borgia. The question of the credibility of the poisonings attributed to Alexander VI. and Cesare Borgia is one which can scarcely be considered by itself; it is only a special case of the belief in the use of poisons, which was largely prevalent at that time. The cases in which death was assigned to poison must be considered together, and the historian is bound either to believe them all or dismiss them all, or consider each upon its own evidence. Generally, ho-wever, the method adopted is to choose some cases as true because the rumour is repeated by several writers, and t...

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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. 1897. Excerpt: ... THE POISONS OF THE BORGIA. Cesare and Alfonso which ended in a murder resulting from personal feeling. Cesare Borgia would not...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217669336

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