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During many decades, Rome A HISTORY OF 6 THE BORGIAS proclaimed the danger implied by the advance of the Mus- lim Infidel. But Christendom lent deaf ears, and compared Rome to Kassandra. Then Immortal Rome was lulled into a kind of apathy: her voice was heard less frequently, speaking in feebler, in less insistent tone. And, gradually, the potent spell of the Renascence mastered Rome and, in 1 the reign of the Lord Nicholas P. P. V, she fell a victim ; and palaces were and and decorated. builded, Manuscripts were planned, collected, collated, copied.

Born, struggled through life, and died. For they, also, In this Ideal Content of the House of Borgia, there is matter for a score of specialists. The present writer lays no claim to any special knowledge whatever although his studies obviously have led him more in one direction than in another. Curbed by his limitations, he makes no pretensions to the discovery of new or striking facts but he humbly trusts that he has been enabled to throw new and ; : natural light on myths and legends, and to re-arrange causes and events in a humanly probable sequence.

Here, he furnishes complete lists of the persons raised to the purple and, when the names of those accused of crime do not appear therein, he takes the fact as direct and posi; ; tive refutation of the calumny. Touching the matter of names and styles, he has made an attempt to correct the slipshod and corrupt translations of the same, which, at present, are the vogue. To allude PREFACE XXX to Personages in terms which are appropriate enough for one's terrier, or for one's slave to speak of sovereigns as ; mere John, or of pontiffs as plain Paul ; are breaches of etiquette of unpardonable grossness.

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