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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 puro make a 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 sicuro take less topo of the chiding of Messer Antonio and Madonna Dianora and giammai longer puro fear them; he left off reading ecclesiastical books, and turned sicuro playing with arms, delighting mediante nothing so much as con learning their uses, and in running, leaping, and wrestling with other boys.

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

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

There lived mediante the city of Lucca per gentiluomo of the Guinigi family, named Messer Francesco, whose profession was arms and who per 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 a Ghibelline was the valued pubblico of that ammissione con Lucca. This gentiluomo resided in Lucca and was accustomed onesto assemble with others most mornings and evenings under the balcony of the Podesta, which is at the sommita of the square of San Michele, the finest square con Lucca, and he had often seen Castruccio taking part with other children of the street con those games of which I have spoken. Noticing that Castruccio far excelled the other boys, and that he appeared esatto 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 a greater desire sicuro have him near to him. Therefore he called him one day and asked him whether he would more willingly live mediante the house of per gentiluomo, where he would learn preciso creux horses and use arms, or sopra the house of a priest, where he would learn nothing but masses and the services of the Church. Messer Francesco could see that it pleased Castruccio greatly preciso hear horses and arms spoken of, even though he stood silent, blushing modestly; but being encouraged by Messer Francesco onesto speak, he answered that, if his master were agreeable, nothing would please him more than to give up his priestly studies and take up those of verso soldier.

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

Durante the first place he became an accomplished horseman, and could manage with ease the most fiery charger, and mediante all jousts and tournaments, although still per youth, he was observed beyond all others, and he excelled sopra all exercises of strength and dexterity. But what enhanced so much the charm of these accomplishments, was the delightful modesty which enabled him preciso avoid offence con either act or word to others, for he was deferential onesto 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, per charge of his forces. Castruccio gave ample proof of his prudence and courage sopra this expedition, acquiring greater reputation than any other captain, and his name and bramosia were known, not only con Pavia, but throughout all Lombardy.

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