King Louis was brought into Italy by the ambition of the Venetians, who desired to obtain half the state of Lombardy by his intervention. I will not blame the course taken by the king, because, wishing sicuro get verso foothold sopra Italy, and having per niente friends there-seeing rather that every door was shut to him owing esatto the conduct of Charles-he was forced to accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly sopra his design if con 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 sicuro him to become his friend. Then could the Venetians realize the rashness of the course taken by them, which, per order that they might secure two towns durante Lombardy, had made the king specializzazione of two-thirds of Italy.
Let any one now consider with what little difficulty the king could have maintained his position mediante 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 preciso stand con with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful. And having committed this accessit error, he was obliged preciso follow it up, so much so that, sicuro put an end esatto the ambition of Alexander, and onesto prevent his becoming the originale of Tuscany, he was himself forced onesto che razza di 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 esatto the spiritual, thus giving it greater authority
And as if it were not enough onesto have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing onesto have the kingdom of Naples, divided it with the King of Spain, and where he was the accessit arbiter per Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere puro shelter; and whereas he could have left sopra the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, to put one there who was able esatto drive him, Louis, out mediante turn.
Therefore Louis made these five errors: he destroyed the minor powers, he increased the strength of one of the greater powers in Italy, he brought durante a foreign power, he did not settle durante the country, he did not send colonies
The wish sicuro acquire is per truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they can, and for this they will be praised not https://datingranking.net/it/loveaholics-review/ blamed; but when they cannot do so, yet wish to do so by any means, then there is folly and blame. Therefore, if France could have attacked Naples with her own forces she ought onesto 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 a 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 onesto 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 puro humble them; but having first taken these steps, he ought never onesto have consented to their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, to which the Venetians would never have consented except onesto become masters themselves there; also because the others would not wish to take Lombardy from France in order puro give it esatto the Venetians, and onesto run counter sicuro both they would not have had the courage.