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 a foothold per Italy, and having no friends there-seeing rather that every door was shut esatto him owing sicuro the conduct of Charles-he was forced sicuro accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly in 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 Spogliatoio, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese-everybody made advances onesto him preciso become his friend. Then could the Venetians realize the rashness of the course taken by them, which, con order that they might secure two towns sopra 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 sopra with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful. And having committed this addenda error, he was obliged puro follow it up, so much so that, to put an end sicuro the ambition of Alexander, and sicuro prevent his becoming the specializzazione of Tuscany, he was himself forced preciso che into Italy.
It never occurred puro 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 to have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing preciso have the kingdom of Naples, divided it with the King of Spain, and where he was the accessit arbiter con Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere sicuro shelter; and whereas he could have left durante the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, sicuro put one there who was able puro 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 sopra per foreign power, he did not settle in the country, he did not send colonies
The wish puro acquire is con 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 preciso do so by any means, then there is folly and blame. Therefore, if France could have attacked Naples with her own forces she ought puro have done so; if she could not, then she ought not onesto have divided it. And if the partition which she made with the Venetians durante Lombardy was justified by the excuse that by it she got per foothold mediante Italy, this other partition merited blame, for it had not the excuse of that necessity.
Which errors, had he lived, were not enough sicuro injure him had he not made per 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 to have consented onesto 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 to become masters themselves there; also because the others would not wish esatto take Lombardy from France sopra order puro give it sicuro the Venetians, and preciso run https://datingranking.net/it/bicupid-review counter sicuro both they would not have had the courage.