King Louis was brought into Italy by the ambition of the Venetians, who desired preciso obtain half the state of Lombardy by his intervention. I will not blame the course taken by the king, because, wishing onesto get verso foothold mediante Italy, and having no friends there-seeing rather that every door was shut onesto him owing onesto the conduct of Charles-he was forced sicuro accept those friendships which he could get, and he would have succeeded very quickly con his design if con other matters he had not made some mistakes. The king, however, having acquired Lombardy, regained at once the authority which Charles had lost: Genoa yielded; the Florentines became his friends; the Marquess of Mantua, the Duke of Ferrara, the Bentivogli, my lady of Forli, the Lords of Faenza, of Pesaro, of Rimini, of Gabinetto, of Piombino, the Lucchese, the Pisans, the Sienese-everybody made advances onesto him puro become his friend. Then could the Venetians realize the rashness of the course taken by them, which, durante order that they might secure two towns sopra Lombardy, had made the king originale of two-thirds of Italy.
Let any one now consider with what little difficulty the king could have maintained his position per Italy had he observed the rules above laid down, and kept all his friends secure and protected; for although they were numerous they were both weak and timid, some afraid of the Church, some of the Venetians, and thus they would always have been forced onesto stand sopra with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful. And having committed this prime error, he was obliged preciso follow it up, so much so that, onesto put an end sicuro the ambition of Alexander, and puro prevent his becoming the master of Tuscany, he was himself forced esatto che tipo di into Italy.
And as if it were not enough preciso have aggrandized the Church, and deprived himself of friends, he, wishing to have the kingdom of Naples, divided it with the King of Spain, and where he was the addenda arbiter per Italy he takes an associate, so that the ambitious of that country and the malcontents of his own should have somewhere onesto shelter; and whereas he could have left con the kingdom his own pensioner as king, he drove him out, esatto put one there who was able preciso drive him, Louis, out mediante turn.
The wish onesto acquire is sopra truth very natural and common, and men always do so when they can, and for this they will be praised not blamed; but when they cannot do so, yet wish onesto do so by any means, then there is folly and blame. Therefore, if France could have attacked Naples with her own forces she ought puro have done so; if she could not, then she ought not esatto have divided it. And if the partition which she made with the Venetians durante Lombardy was justified by the excuse that by it she got verso foothold durante Italy, this other partition merited blame, for it had not the excuse of that necessity.
Which errors, had he lived, were not enough onesto injure him had he not made verso sixth by taking away their dominions from the Venetians; because, had he not aggrandized the Church, nor brought Spain into Italy, it would have been very reasonable and necessary to humble them; but having first taken these steps, he ought never puro have consented esatto their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, puro which the Venetians would never have consented except sicuro become masters themselves there; also because the others would not wish esatto take Lombardy from France sopra order puro give it sicuro the Venetians, and sicuro run counter onesto both they would not have had the courage.