Chronicles of the City of Perugia 1492-1503

Chronicles of the City of Perugia 1492-1503

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Chronicles of the City of Perugia 1492-1503

Chronicles of the City of Perugia 1492-1503

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The story of Perugia and the Baglioni, as told by Francesco Matarazzo, is one of the most fascinating of mediæval chronicles. Without disparaging the value of our author as an original authority for the events of his own period, we may frankly admit that it is because he is a story-teller of the very first rank that he is sure to be a favourite with the reading public. As we turn over his pages, the life of old Perugia palpitates before us. He has in full measure the indescribable charm of Herodotus, dependent neither on wit nor eloquence nor humour, but which shows itself for the most part in an apparently artless simplicity of narrative that seems so easy till an attempt is made to imitate it. Without visible effort, he keeps in due relief the essential points of his story, and manages his mass of detail with an instinctive skill that always keeps his exuberant fancy in due bounds. Though sometimes garrulous, he is seldom prolix. Like the Father of History, he loves to tell of freaks and marvels, and, like him, when his tale verges on the bounds of the incredible, he is apt to throw in some such saving clause as "it is said," "if it may be believed," "as I have been told." He likes to take his reader into his confidence and put him . . .

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