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Born, 1548. Died, 1587.

CHAPTER I.

The pretty version of the story; and the true version of the same.—

St. Mark's Square at Florence.—Bianca's beauty.—The Medici

en famille.—The Casino of St. Mark.—The proprieties.—" Cosa

di Francesco" 220

CHAPTER II.

favourite's husband.—The natural course of things.—Italian

respectability.—The three brothers, Francesco, Ferdinand,

and Pietro.—The ladies of the court.—Francesco's temper—

his avarice—and wealth.—Frolicsome days at Florence.—

The Cardinal recommends respectability.—The Duke ensures

it.—A court dialogue 234

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