By Frederick Baron Corvo
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P. III. The Magnanimous King Don Alonso I threatened to espouse the cause and benefit by the aid of the Pseudopontiff (called Clement VIII) and so the materials for a devastating conflagration were brought together. 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.
Hungary, alone of all the Occidental Powers, responded Hungary was actually in the Muslim clutch. England, lately torn by Jack Cade's rebellion, was entering upon a conflict bloodier than any American Civil War or Boer Revolt. The reign of King Henry VI. Plantagenet, gentlest saint that ever wore an earthly diadem, drew near from those pale prayer-raised hands holy hands its close that had lifted to Christ's Vicar a petition for the canonisa2 the tion of England's Hero, King JElfred the Great to fall.
IV, headed by Bishop Alonso de Borja, to whose incessant labour and exquisite mastery of affairs was due the treaty, ratified in 1444, by which the Pope's Holiness of the one part confirmed the crown of Naples, the Two Sicilies, and Jerusalem, to King Don Alonso I. P. IV against His enemies, and especially against Duke Francesco Sforza-Visconti of Milan. As a reward for his skill in the role of peacemaker, Bishop Alonso de Borja was raised to the purple on the second of May 1444, as Cardinal-Presbyter of the Title of Santi Quattro Coronati with curial rank and so King Don ; Alonso, the Magnanimous, lost his most trusted counsellor.
A History of the Borgias by Frederick Baron Corvo