The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth - Vol. 4

The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth - Vol. 4

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The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth - Vol. 4

The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth - Vol. 4

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SELIM usurps the Ottoman throne--Defeats the Sophi of Persia--Conquers Egypt--Apprehensions entertained for the safety of Europe--Leo X. endeavours to form an alliance among the Christian powers--Publishes a general truce for five years--His plan of an offensive league against the Turks--The Christian sovereigns engage only in a defensive alliance--Marriage of Lorenzo de' Medici with Madelaine de Tours--Munificence of the pope on that occasion--Charles of Austria endeavours to obtain the title of king of the Romans and the investiture of Naples--Death of the emperour elect Maximilian--Charles of Austria and Francis I. contend for the imperial crown--Views and conduct of Leo X. --Election of the emperour Charles V.--Death of Lorenzo duke of Urbino--Ippolito de' Medici--Alessandro de' Medici--Consequences of the death of Lorenzo-- State of the Florentine government--Memoir of Machiavelli--The cardinal de' Medici directs the affairs of Tuscany--Urbino united to the dominions of the church.

THE states of Italy were now freed from the calamities of internal war; but the apprehensions entertained of the increasing power and desolating ferocity of the Turks, diminished that satisfaction which their inhabitants had begun to experience.

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