Friday, February 19, 2010

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

"The king [François I] is more than ever addicted to his lascivious pleasures, being totally in the power of Madame d'Étampes, who, in order to appear wise always contradicts others and lets the king believe that he is God on earth, that no one can harm him and that those who deny this are moved by selfish interest."

Girolamo Dandino, papal nuncio in France.
Letter, May 1543.

Quoted in Knecht, Renaissance Warrior and Patron, p. 483.

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