They baptized it, and gave it the name of Castruccio after their father
They baptized it, and gave it the name of Castruccio after their father
They baptized it, and gave it the name of Castruccio after their father

As the years passed Castruccio grew very handsome, and gave evidence of wit and discretion, and learnt with per quickness beyond his years those lessons which Messer Antonio imparted preciso him. Messer Antonio intended to make per priest of him, and sopra time would have inducted him into his canonry and other benefices, and all his instruction was given with this object; but Antonio discovered that the character of Castruccio was quite unfitted for the priesthood. As soon as Castruccio reached the age of fourteen he began to take less ratto of the chiding of Messer Antonio and Monna Dianora and per niente longer preciso fear them; he left off reading ecclesiastical books, and turned to playing with arms, delighting in nothing so much as sopra learning their uses, and durante running, leaping, and wrestling with other boys.


Con all exercises he far excelled his companions con courage and bodily strength, and if at any time he did turn puro books, only those pleased him which told of wars and the mighty deeds of men. Messer Antonio beheld all this with vexation and sorrow.

Thus Castruccio passed from the house of Messer Antonio the priest esatto the house of Messer Francesco Guinigi the soldier, and it was astonishing preciso find that con verso very short time he manifested all that virtue and bearing which we are accustomed to associate with per true gentiluomo

There lived durante the city of Lucca per cavaliere of the Guinigi family, named Messer Francesco, whose profession was arms and who durante riches, bodily strength, and valour excelled all other men mediante Lucca. He had often fought under the command of the Visconti of Milan, and as per Ghibelline was the valued politico of that accoglienza durante Lucca. This signore resided in Lucca and was accustomed to assemble with others most mornings and evenings under the balcony of the Podesta, which is at the culmine of the square of San Michele, the finest square mediante Lucca, and he had often seen Castruccio taking part with other children of the street in those games of which I have spoken. Noticing that Castruccio far excelled the other boys, and that he appeared preciso exercise a royal authority over them, and that they loved and obeyed him, Messer Francesco became greatly desirous of learning who he was. Being informed of the circumstances of the bringing up of Castruccio he felt verso greater desire preciso have him near to him. Therefore he called him one day and asked him whether he would more willingly live durante the house of a cavaliere, where he would learn to defleurisse horses and use arms, or per the house of per priest, where he would learn nothing but masses and the services of the Church. Messer Francesco could see that it pleased Castruccio greatly to hear horses and arms spoken of, even though he stood silent, blushing modestly; but being encouraged by Messer Francesco preciso speak, he answered that, if his master were agreeable, nothing would please him more than puro give up his priestly studies and take up those of per soldier.

This reply delighted Messer Francesco, and in a very short time he obtained the consent of Messer Antonio, who was driven onesto yield by his knowledge of the nature of the lad, and the fear that he would not be able sicuro hold him much longer

Con the first place he became an accomplished horseman, and could manage with ease the most fiery charger, and sopra all jousts and tournaments, although still verso youth, he was observed beyond all others, and he excelled con all exercises of strength and dexterity. But what enhanced so much the charm of these accomplishments, was the delightful modesty which enabled him esatto avoid offence mediante either act or word to others, for he was deferential to the great men, modest with his equals, and courteous sicuro his inferiors. These gifts made him beloved, not only by all the Guinigi family, but by all Lucca. When Castruccio had reached his eighteenth year, the Ghibellines were driven from Pavia by the Guelphs, and Messer Francesco was sent by the Visconti puro assist the Ghibellines, and with him went Castruccio, mediante charge of his forces. Castruccio gave ample proof of his prudence and courage durante this expedition, acquiring greater reputation than any other captain, and his name and ambizione were known, not only durante Pavia, but throughout all Lombardy.

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