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PIRATE PALLACHE

THE JEWISH CORSAIR CAPTAIN

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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

AVVISO FROM ROME: February 5, 1572

AVVISO FROM ROME: February 5, 1572

Ferdinando de' Medici went hunting in Magliana, returning with 12 goats, 6 wolves and many boars. The man who accused Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici of plotting the murder of Cardinal Farnese was executed on the bridge of Castel Sant'Angelo.

AVVISO FROM ROME: May 23, 1572

AVVISO FROM ROME: May 23, 1572

Ferdinando di Medici sent two maps of the world to Juan de Austria - one terrestrial and one celestial - worth over 500 scudi and made by a talented Neapolitan mathematician.

AVVISO FROM ROME: December 12, 1572

AVVISO FROM ROME: December 12, 1572

Gregorius XIII visited Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici's estate in Magliana. Cardinal de' Medici spent 20,000 scudi to have the rooms arranged for the papal visit. Rooms where covered with gold brocade and there were more than 100 richly arranged beds in a way that "not even an Emperor" could receive the Pope.

AVVISO FROM ROME: April 20, 1574

AVVISO FROM ROME: April 20, 1574

Cosimo I de' Medici has died. Cardinal de' Medici returned to his palace with his court in mourning. A dove appeared over the pulpit during Sundays Sermon and stayed there until the end of the sermon.

AVVISO FROM ROME: February 20, 1588

AVVISO FROM ROME: February 20, 1588

Ferdinando I de' Medici has a possible marriage prospect as he received from the Imperial court the portrait of a daughter of Archduke Karl von Habsburg. Cardinal Alessandro de' Medici is ill.

AVVISO FROM ROME: December 16, 1558

AVVISO FROM ROME: December 16, 1558

The Sienese in Rome are pleased that Cosimo I is now using the title of "Duke of Florence and Siena," which was confirmed by the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinando I.

Jewels & Clothing & Gold, Oh My!

The Lavish Items of the Avvisi

Avviso Accidents!

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January 28, 1584

The baron of Koenigsegg [possibly Hugo von Koenigsegg] was accidentally killed as he was saluted by a salvo! Other German nobles were wounded but not killed.

Ancient Tiles

 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. 

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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.