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They baptized it, and gave it the name of Castruccio after their father

As the years passed Castruccio grew very handsome, and gave evidence of wit and discretion, and learnt with per quickness beyond his years those lessons which Messer Antonio imparted esatto him. Messer Antonio intended puro make per priest of him, and sopra time would have inducted him into his canonry and other benefices, and all his instruction was given with this object; but Antonio discovered that the character of Castruccio was quite unfitted for the priesthood. As soon as Castruccio reached the age of fourteen he began preciso take less sorcio of the chiding of Messer Antonio and Monna Dianora and no longer sicuro fear them; he left off reading ecclesiastical books, and turned puro playing with arms, delighting mediante nothing so much as in learning their uses, and durante running, leaping, and wrestling with other boys.

Per all exercises he far excelled his companions sopra courage and bodily strength, and if at any time he did turn esatto books, only those pleased him which told of wars and the mighty deeds of men. Messer Antonio beheld all this with vexation and sorrow.

Thus Castruccio passed from the house of Messer Antonio the priest to the house of Messer Francesco Guinigi the soldier, and it was astonishing esatto find that durante per very short time he manifested all that virtue and bearing which we are accustomed esatto associate with verso true gentleman

There lived in the city of Lucca a gentleman of the Guinigi family, named Messer Francesco, whose profession was arms and who sopra riches, bodily strength, and valour excelled all other men durante Lucca. He had often fought under the command of the Visconti of Milan, and as per Ghibelline was the valued amministratore of that accoglienza durante Lucca. This gentiluomo resided durante Lucca and was accustomed esatto assemble with others most mornings and evenings under the balcony of the Podesta, which is at the vertice of the square of San Michele, the finest square mediante Lucca, and he had often seen Castruccio taking part with other children of the street sopra those games of which I have spoken. Noticing that Castruccio far excelled the other boys, and that he appeared esatto exercise verso royal authority over them, and that they loved and obeyed him, Messer Francesco became greatly desirous of learning who he was. Being informed of the circumstances of the bringing up of Castruccio he felt per greater desire preciso have him near esatto him. Therefore he called him one day and asked him whether he would more willingly live sopra the house of per gentiluomo, where he would learn onesto creux horses and use arms, or mediante the house of per priest, where he would learn nothing but masses and the services of the Church. Messer Francesco could see that it pleased Castruccio greatly sicuro hear horses and arms spoken of, even though he stood silent, blushing modestly; but being encouraged by Messer Francesco sicuro speak, he answered that, if his master were agreeable, nothing would please him more than to give up his priestly studies and take up those of per soldier.

This reply delighted Messer Francesco, and con per very short time he obtained the consent of Messer Antonio, who was driven esatto yield by his knowledge of the nature of the lad, and the fear that he would not be able preciso hold him much longer

Sopra the first place he became an accomplished horseman, and could manage with ease the most fiery charger, and durante all jousts and tournaments, although still verso youth, he was observed beyond all others, and he excelled sopra all exercises of strength and dexterity. But what enhanced so much the charm of these accomplishments, was the delightful modesty which enabled him preciso avoid offence per either act or word sicuro others, for he was deferential preciso the great men, modest with his equals, and courteous to his inferiors. These gifts made him beloved, not only by all the Guinigi family, but by all Lucca. When Castruccio had reached his eighteenth year, the Ghibellines were driven from Pavia by the Guelphs, and Messer Francesco was sent by the Visconti to assist the Ghibellines, and with him went Castruccio, mediante charge of his forces. Castruccio gave ample proof of his prudence and courage con this expedition, acquiring greater reputation than any other captain, and his name and bramosia were known, not only durante Pavia, but throughout all Lombardy.


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