Jacob Burckhardt

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Dasha Kotenkohas quoted3 years ago
him lord of the city. At last one of them rose and said, ‘Let us kill him and then worship him as our patron saint’. And so they did, following the example set by the Roman senate with Romulus. In fact, the Condottieri had reason to fear none so much as their employers;
Dasha Kotenkohas quoted3 years ago
An old story—one of those which are true and not true, everywhere and nowhere—describes it as follows: The citizens of a certain town (Siena seems to be meant) had once an officer in their service who had freed them from foreign aggression; daily they took counsel how to recompense him, and concluded that no reward in their power was great enough, not even if they ma
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