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THE JEWISH CORSAIR CAPTAIN
Avviso from London
JANUARY 26, 1615
Pirate Pallache, aboard a Dutch ship with a crew of Dutch sailors, seized two Spanish ships loaded with sugar and leather. He sent the captured goods to Holland during his journey to London. However, after complaints from the Spanish ambassador, Pirate Pallache went to jail! To his good fortune, the ambassador of the Netherlands and Maurits van Naussau came to the Pirate’s defense, arguing that he was the agent of their ally, the “Re dei Berberi.” So far, the Spanish Ambassador refuses to let Pirate Pallache go, as he disagrees with Pallache’s defenders.
THE MEDICI IN AVVISI
Jewels & Clothing & Gold, Oh My!
The Lavish Items of the Avvisi
February 26, 1574
Lodovico Fuscurara was accidentally trampled to death by racing horses during one of the carnival's Palii. In other news, people were arrested for making unauthorized use of astrology to locate a treasure in a garden near the Pinciana Gate.
March 5, 1661
During a play held at Palazzo Ludovisi, Capitozzi (Don Agostino Chigi's agent) interrupted the entertainment to take care of official business, but angry crowds again chased him away and whistled angrily at him. During the play, written by Marchese Scipione Santacroce, the hastily improvised backdrops were mounted upside-down! Later, Santacroce tried to appease the nine angry actors with a gift of eight eggs, and then he accidentally drank from a bottle of oil (thinking it was wine)! None of the actors, besides the writer, knew his part.