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Lorenzo Magalotti at the Court of Charles II: His Relazione by W.E.K. Middleton

By W.E.K. Middleton

Within the past due 1660s the English courtroom acquired a customer from Florence―Lorenzo Magalotti, an clever, delicate author and diplomat with a keenness for statement and outline. Magalotti had come from a nation ruled by means of an absolute grand duke to a nation engaged in a fierce fight for political liberty, and from a society during which the sexual behaviour of ladies used to be heavily managed via legislations and customized, to 1 of unexampled licentiousness one of the top periods. This cultural surprise produced interesting graphics by means of Magalotti of Charles II and his courtroom, debts in their amorous intrigues, and percipient if occasionally biased observations on politics. there's additionally considerably actual account of the defense force of the dominion, and a whole lot approximately its highbrow and creative life.

W.E. Knowles Middleton has supplied a transparent and stylish translation of this record, in addition to an informative creation and supplementary notes.

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Therefore the number of his friends increases enormously, for they cost little, and those who are more impudent in their demands are more fortunate in getting them. Only love makes him liberal by choice, and in this case he is generous beyond measure. His inclinations are towards sensuousness rather than bestiality, and he enjoys spiritual, rather than bodily relations. It is not that the latter have not demanded their role, but now and for some time past it seems that his delight in sensuality is less than that in drinking in the company of friends, without always observing an exact measure of sobriety.

His reputation for bravery has harmed him much more than the death of his father, his poverty, and his exile; since, esteemed for his actions in the Flemish wars, where he commanded a regiment in the service of Spain, he succeeded in getting the English people to want him to be king instead of his brother. Even in the time of Cromwell there were intrigues on foot, managed by a Jesuit, to have him marry Cromwell's daughter and to settle the crown on him, supposing that the favour of making him king unjustly might prevail over their offence of having slaughtered his father and iniquituously oppressed his brother.

His reputation for bravery has harmed him much more than the death of his father, his poverty, and his exile; since, esteemed for his actions in the Flemish wars, where he commanded a regiment in the service of Spain, he succeeded in getting the English people to want him to be king instead of his brother. Even in the time of Cromwell there were intrigues on foot, managed by a Jesuit, to have him marry Cromwell's daughter and to settle the crown on him, supposing that the favour of making him king unjustly might prevail over their offence of having slaughtered his father and iniquituously oppressed his brother.

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