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L'Abbesse De Castro
Le mlodrame nous a montr si souvent les brigands italiens du seizime sicle, et tant de gens en ont parl sans les connatre, que nous en avons maintenant les ides les plus fausses. On peut dire en gnral que ces brigands furent l'opposition contre les gouvernements atroces qui, en Italie, succdrent aux rpubliques du moyen ge. Le nouveau tyran fut d'ordinaire le citoyen le plus riche de la dfunte rpublique, et, pour sduire le bas peuple, il ornait la ville d'glises magnifiques et de beaux tableaux. Tels furent les Polentini de Ravenne, les Manfredi de Faenza, les Riario d'Imola, les Cane de Vrone, les Bentivoglio de Bologne, les Visconti de Milan, et enfin, les moins belliqueux et les plus hypocrites de tous, les Mdicis de Florence. Parmi les historiens de ces petits tats, aucun n'a os raconter les empoisonnements et assassinats sans nombre ordonns par la peur qui tourmentait ces petits tyrans; ces graves historiens taient leur solde. Considrez que chacun de ces tyrans connaissait personnellement chacun des rpublicains dont il savait tre excr (le grand duc de Toscane Cme, par exemple, connaissait Strozzi), que plusieurs de ces tyrans prirent par l'assassinat, et vous comprendrez les haines profondes, les mfiances ternelles qui donnrent tant d'esprit et de courage aux Italiens du seizime sicle, et tant de gnie leurs artistes. Vous verrez ces passions profondes empcher la naissance de ce prjug assez ridicule qu'on appelait l'honneur, du temps de madame de Svign, et qui consiste surtout sacrifier sa vie pour servir le matre dont on est n le sujet et pour plaire aux dames. Au seizime sicle, l'activit d'un homme et son mrite rel ne pouvaient se montrer en France et conqurir l'admiration que par la bravoure sur le champ de bataille ou dans les duels; et, comme les femmes aiment la bravoure et surtout l'audace, elles devinrent les juges suprmes du mrite d'un homme. Alors naquit l'esprit de galanterie, qui prpara l'anantissement successif de toutes les passions et mme de l'amour, au profit de ce tyran cruel auquel nous obissons tous: la vanit. Les rois protgrent la vanit et avec grande raison: de l l'empire des rubans. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 797
Author: Stendhal, 1783-1842
Release Date: Jan 1, 1997
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