By Frederick Baron Corvo
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England sometimes wakes prodigally tiffs elected pseudopontiffs, THE KINDLING OF THE FIRE 15 to spend blood and treasure in support of her suzerainty. If secular powers, then, strive, struggle for their life and, in the struggle, cause distress, how many times more distress; ing must have been the rivalry of the Great Schism, when was the Headship of Christendom. P. Ill lay under to the skilful canon, who actually persuaded His rival peaceably to reobligation the nounce his claim to the triple crown, terminating the thirtyeighth schism of the Holy Roman Church.
Basil, Archbishop of Trebizond the other, the Lord Isidoro of Thessalonika, Cardinal-Bishop of Sa: ; ; Monk of the Religion of St. Basil, Archbishop of Ruthenia. Of these two, Cardinal Bessarione had many recommendations. He was a convert from the Greek Schism he had been a pupil of Gemisthos Plethon at Constantinople no one was of higher repute in Christian piety, more admirable in doctrine, more ornate in generous manbina, ; ; ners. (Ciacconi II. ) He had no enemy in the Conclave. At a juncture, like the present, the election of a Byzantine Pontiff, who naturally sympathised with the hapless Byzantines, would have secured for Christendom a champion against the triumphant Muslim Infidel.
ROM* CONTENTS BOOK THE KINDLING I OF THE FIRE Page " KINDLING BOOK " THE LEGEND " 90 OF THE BORGIA VENOM ... PONTIFEX MAXIM us ALEXANDER VI. " BOOK THE FIRST THE KINDLING OF THE FIRE "A fire, that is kindled, begins with smoke and hissing, while it lays hold on the faggots" IN the year 1455 of Restored Salvation, Christendom was way. The Muslim Infidel swarmed from the dark Orient, sworn to plant the Crescent on the ruin of the Cross. In resisting encroachment, King Wladislaw of Hun1 gary and the Apostolic Legate, the Most Illustrious Lord Giuliano Cesarini, Cardinal-Bishop of Tusculum, a Roman of Rome, and scion of a most splendid family, 2 had laid down life at the Battle of Varna.
A History of the Borgias by Frederick Baron Corvo