THE CHARACTER OF A WARRIOR-PRIEST -- AN INTER- VIEW -- THE INTRIGUE AND COUNTER-INTRIGUE OF COURTS
Giles, (or Egidio,*) Cardinal d'Albornoz, was one of the remarkable men of that remarkable time, so prodigal of genius. Boasting his descent from the royal houses of Aragon and Leon, he had early entered the church, and yet almost a youth, attained the archbishopric of Toledo. But no peaceful career, however brilliant, sufficed to his ambition. He could not content himself with the honours of the Church, unless they were the honours of a church militant. In the war against the Moors, no Spaniard had more highly distinguished himself; and Alphonso XI., king of Castile, had insisted on receiving from the hand of the martial priest the badge of knighthood. After the death of Alphonso, who was strongly attached to him, Albornoz repaired to Avignon, and obtained from Clement VI. the cardinal's hat. With Innocent he continued in high favour, and now, constantly in the councils of the Pope, rumours of warlike preparation, under the banners of Albornoz, for the recovery of the papal dominions from the various tyrants that usurped them, were already circulated through the court.†____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Rienzi:The Last of the Roman Tribunes. Contributors: Edward Bulwer Lytton - Author, L. W. Zeigler - Illustrator. Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1903. Page number: 430.
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