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Augustine, annotated by Nicholas of Lira, and a Book on the Truth of the Catholic Faith, were presented to the Pope's late patron, King Don Alonso de Aragona of Naples, the Two Sicilies, and Jerusalem. N, dedit hunc domino regi rag. ") Now, if He only gave two books to His old friend and former employer who (as may be judged from the fact that he employed — — — A ' The Subjaco first in the printing press in Italy did not arrive Sabine Hills. 28 till October 1465 a The Kindling of the Fire renowned Messeri Lorenzo Valla and Giangiovio Pontano as his secretaries) had a very pretty taste for letters, who was a reigning sovereign, and an extremely serviceable and powerful ally of the Holy See, is He likely to have o-iven "several hundred" to the Cardinal of Ruthenia and Catalan nobles ?

The Christian Kinor Louis XI. also claimed to have been adopted by Queen Dona Juana but he never had been acknowledged, nor ever had possessed the crown. : 16 The Kindling of the Fire was the matter of King Don Alonso's Ferrandb. The childless Queen believed him to be the son of Dona Margarita de Hijar, one of her and, in jealous rage, she smothered her. Whereladies upon the King banished his wife to Aragon, and legitimated Then bastard, there Don ; Don Ferrando as his heir. Let it be recognised that, in the fifteenth century, Popes acted, and were expected to act, in the letter, as well as in the spirit, of the momentous words which are said by the cardinal-archdeacon to all of Them at Their coronation, Receive this tiara adorned with three crowns, and know Thyself to be the Ruler of the World, the Father ofprinces and of kings, and the Earthly Vicar of Jesus Christ our The twentieth century is apt to conceive of the Saviour.

Cxiii. 7, 8). " Suscitans '' et a terra inopem : de stercore erigens pauperem. " Ut " cum collocet eum ami principibus : principibus populi Sui. (Vulgate, Ps. cxii. 6, 7). P. Ill was It will be readily admitted that not unnaturally popular. the Roman baronial houses of Colonna and Orsini would have been more than human had they not felt some mortification at the failure of their conclavial manoeuvres to Still, the thing secure the Papacy for one of themselves. Catalan the Romans of the fifteenth century was done.

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