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

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 to him. Messer Antonio intended sicuro make a priest of him, and mediante 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 to take less sorcio of the chiding of Messer Antonio and Monna Dianora and in nessun caso longer preciso fear them; he left off reading ecclesiastical books, and turned onesto playing with arms, delighting in nothing so much as in learning their uses, and sopra running, leaping, and wrestling with other boys.

Sopra all exercises he far excelled his companions sopra courage and bodily strength, and if at any time he did turn onesto 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 sicuro find that mediante a very short time he manifested all that virtue and bearing which we are accustomed sicuro associate with per true gentiluomo

There lived in the city of Lucca a gentiluomo of the Guinigi family, named Messer Francesco, whose profession was arms and who con riches, bodily strength, and valour excelled all other men sopra Lucca. He had often fought under the command of the Visconti of Milan, and as verso Ghibelline was the valued opportunista of that accoglienza sopra Lucca. This galantuomo resided con Lucca and was accustomed puro assemble with others most mornings and evenings under the balcony of the Podesta, which is at the culmine of the square of San Michele, the finest square in Lucca, and he had often seen Castruccio taking part with other children of the street per those games of which I have spoken. Noticing that Castruccio far excelled the other boys, and that he appeared sicuro exercise per 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 verso greater desire to have him near esatto him. Therefore he called him one day and asked him whether he would more willingly live per the house of verso gentleman, where he would learn onesto creux horses and use arms, or durante the house of a 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 esatto 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 verso very short time he obtained the consent of Messer Antonio, who was driven to yield by his knowledge of the nature of the lad, and the fear that he would not be able puro hold him much longer

In 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 a youth, he was observed beyond all others, and he excelled in all exercises of strength and dexterity. But what enhanced so much the charm of these accomplishments, was the delightful modesty which enabled him puro avoid offence per either act or word onesto others, for he was deferential preciso the great men, modest with his equals, and courteous onesto 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 onesto assist the Ghibellines, and with him went Castruccio, mediante charge of his forces. Castruccio gave ample proof of his prudence and courage mediante this expedition, acquiring greater reputation than any other captain, and his name and desiderio were known, not only durante Pavia, but throughout all Lombardy.