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illustrated.1908 Excerpt: ... and so frenzied, legend readily
clings, even in his own lifetime, and the imaginations which peered
into the secrets of his dungeons carried, perhaps, some of their
morbid visions with them. We must, however, believe the
contemporary writers, who record hideous deeds committed by the
Duke even in the light of day, grim pranks of punishment and
devices of cruelty inflicted upon offenders, under his own eyes.
There was a strange touch of imagination in his adjustment of
torments to offences, and often a kind of wild justice and sympathy
for the oppressed, horribly manifested, as when he punished a
priest, who had refused the funeral rites to a poor man, by burying
him alive in the same grave as the corpse. Galeazzo Sforza was in
fact an embodied paradox--a monster of vices and virtues, as he has
been called, or better still, in his daughter Caterina's word, a '
Fantastick.' This mad, bad prince had the theoretic admiration of
his age for virtue, and was possessed with a very rage for
cultivating it in his subjects. Abuses, such as bribery of
magistrates, corruption in the public administration, oppressive
restrictions on trade and commerce, were vigorously put down. He
allowed none but himself to take money from petitioners, or to
seize other people's property. His passion for justice and good
government had planted so many gallows in his realm, that when his
young bride came to Milan she trembled at the spectacle and fell on
her knees, imploring pardon for prisoners and offenders, a boon
immediately granted to her compassionate beauty. Though greedy of
treasure and guilty of robbing his rich subjects, Galeazzo was
punctual and exact in paying his servants--a rare virtue in an
Italian prince. So trustworthy was his word as a sovereign that men
regarded it as ...
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