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But the diplomacy of Bishop Alonso ; de Borja was repeated here. P. Ill, ; Who owed so much to Bishop Alonso, was easily persuaded to look favourably also upon Bishop Alonso's royal master. P. IV had a prejudice for the French which resulted in a renewal of the quarrel in 1439. But a third time the difficulties of the Roman Pontiff were turned to account by Bishop Alonso. P. IV, and elected the ambitious claim, of Savoja as Pseudopontiff with the name Christendom expected that King Don Alonso, who was a very crafty potentate, would be only too happy Duke Amadeo Felix V, to all make common cause with the rival of that Pope who A HISTORY OF l8 THE BORGIAS would not confirm his crown to him.
Afterwards He did not shave and full beards became the fashion for the clergy. P. VII (Flavio Chigi), made the Vandyke beard and upturned mustachio the clerical mode; and, later still, the whole face was shaved according to the present rule. But, at the time when the Cardinal of Avignon reflected upon the Cardinal of Trebizond's beard, there appears to have been a distinct prejudice in favour of a shaven, indeed of a shorn, pope. This may be seen in the medals of popes and cardinals of the fifteenth century (when cleanliness was a mark of gentility), where the large tonsure and shaven faces are very noticeable.
BOOK THE FIRST THE KINDLING OF THE FIRE "A fire, that is kindled, begins with smoke and hissing, while it lays hold on the faggots" IN the year 1455 of Restored Salvation, Christendom was way. The Muslim Infidel swarmed from the dark Orient, sworn to plant the Crescent on the ruin of the Cross. In resisting encroachment, King Wladislaw of Hun1 gary and the Apostolic Legate, the Most Illustrious Lord Giuliano Cesarini, Cardinal-Bishop of Tusculum, a Roman of Rome, and scion of a most splendid family, 2 had laid down life at the Battle of Varna.
A History of the Borgias by Frederick Baron Corvo