WHAT A BOY NEEDS TO KNOW. EDUCATION IN THE BORGIA ERA.
Here is Vergerio's curriculum:
the way, check my speed, brevity, and homeliness @historycracks.
important subject: History. A boy must have heroes. And where
would he find heroes? In politics, of course. Vergerio’s advice: Look to the Fathers of the City, to the
Senate House. Well, let’s see who would qualify as a model? Silvio
(Bunga-bunga) Berlusconi? Assad? Putin? No wait, we are talking about the Renaissance.
Cesare Borgia? Machiavelli’s Prince? Henry VIII? Okay, I can see this is going
to be problematic, and Vergerio wisely names no names.
we need: Moral Philosophy. History,
you see, shows us what men have done
(which isn’t always good), whereas moral philosophy shows us what men should do. And speaking of
morals: Profane language is an
abominable sin. So don’t end every sentence with Fuck. Build your
need language instruction. History may provide the
light of experience and the cumulative wisdom of the ages, but it must be supplemented by the
persuasion of eloquence. Unfortunately, eloquence has fallen to a low
level. And whose fault is that? The courts of law, according to Vergerio. Speed, brevity, and homeliness are the only
qualities desired there. So that’s how it all started! I can see a straight
line from Renaissance law courts to Twitter.
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