By Donna Leon
Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is stunned to listen to that Brett Lynch, a chum given that a homicide case at l. a. Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. The assault, within the attractive palazzo domestic of Flavia Petrelli, reigning diva of l. a. Scala, had include a message: 'Don't preserve that appointment with Dottor Semenzato.' Then, with the typhoon clouds accumulating quickly over town, a man's physique is located ...
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And neither one ofthese two expectations is to be found in a good man, because from the desire to support themselves at all times come the robberies, the deeds of violence, the murderous acts that such soldiers commit as much against their friends as against their enemies; and from not wishing peace come the deceits that the generals practice against those by whom they are employed, in order that a war may last; and if peace does come, it often happens that the generals, being deprived of their stipends and of their living, law~ lessly set up their ensigns as soldiers of fortune and without any mercy plunder a region.
Any others will on the one hand have to regret that they were not there; on the other, they can learn many things useful not ~erely in military but in civilian life-sagely discussed by a very sagacIous man. [Fabrizio and his audience] I say, then, that when Fabrizio Colonna returned from Lom~ bardy, where he had long been campaigning for the Catholic King with great glory to himself, he decided, as he was passing through Florence, to rest some days in that city in order to visit His Excellency the Duke and to see again some gentlemen with whom in the past he had been acquainted.
Moreover, like most writers before and after him, Machiavelli did not realize that the Roman sword was effective because combined with the Roman pilum-known to him but given no importance. The Roman invention was a heavily armed soldier, standing in order such that the legion was the rock at the center of a Roman battle, yet provided with missile weapons, two pila or javelins. A Roman body of one hundred men would launch two hundred of these formidable weapons before coming to close quarters with their opponents.