"This court is like no other. Here we are completely cut off from business, and if by chance there is any, no hour, day or month is set aside for certain to deal with it. Here one thinks of nothing but hunting, women, banquets and moving house."
The Bishop of Saluzzo, complaining about the French court
in a letter to Cosimo de' Medici
Quoted in C. Terasse, François Ier: le roi et le règne
(Paris 1945-70), vol. 3, p. 23.