They baptized it, and gave it the name of Castruccio after their father

As the years passed Castruccio grew very handsome, and gave evidence of wit and discretion, and learnt with a quickness beyond his years those lessons which Messer Antonio imparted puro him. Messer Antonio intended esatto make verso priest of him, and per time would have inducted him into his canonry and other benefices, and all his instruction was given with this object; but Antonio discovered that the character of Castruccio was quite unfitted for the priesthood. As soon as Castruccio reached the age of fourteen he began sicuro take less abrege of the chiding of Messer Antonio and Vergine Dianora and mai longer preciso fear them; he left off reading ecclesiastical books, and turned esatto playing with arms, delighting mediante nothing so much as sopra learning their uses, and con running, leaping, and wrestling with other boys.

In all exercises he far excelled his companions con courage and bodily strength, and if at any time he did turn esatto books, only those pleased him which told of wars and the mighty deeds of men. Messer Antonio beheld all this with vexation and sorrow.

Thus Castruccio passed from the house of Messer Antonio the priest sicuro the house of Messer Francesco Guinigi the soldier, and it was astonishing to find that sopra per very short time he manifested all that virtue and bearing which we are accustomed esatto associate with per true cavaliere

There lived con the city of Lucca per gentiluomo of the Guinigi family, named Messer Francesco, whose profession was arms and who in riches, bodily strength, and valour excelled all other men in Lucca. He had often fought under the command of the Visconti of Milan, and as per Ghibelline was the valued amministrativo of that festa sopra Lucca. This gentiluomo resided con Lucca and was accustomed sicuro assemble with others most mornings and evenings under the balcony of the Podesta, which is at the apice of the square of San Michele, the finest square in Lucca, and he had often seen Castruccio taking part with other children of the street sopra those games of which I have spoken. Noticing that Castruccio far excelled the other boys, and that he appeared puro exercise a royal authority over them, and that they loved and obeyed him, Messer Francesco became greatly desirous of learning who he was. Being informed of the circumstances of the bringing up of Castruccio he felt verso greater desire sicuro have him near to him. Therefore he called him one day and asked him whether he would more willingly live con the house of per gentleman, where he would learn onesto decolore horses and use arms, or sopra the house of a priest, where he would learn nothing but masses and the services of the Church. Messer Francesco could see that it pleased Castruccio greatly to hear horses and arms spoken of, even though he stood silent, blushing modestly; but being encouraged by Messer Francesco onesto speak, he answered that, if his master were agreeable, nothing would please him more than preciso give up his priestly studies and take up those of verso soldier.

This reply delighted Messer Francesco, and in verso very short time he obtained the consent of Messer Antonio, who was driven to yield by his knowledge of the nature of the lad, and the fear that he would not be able sicuro hold him much longer

In the first place he became an accomplished horseman, and could manage with ease the most fiery charger, and sopra all jousts and tournaments, although still verso youth, he was observed beyond all others, and he excelled mediante all exercises of strength and dexterity. But what enhanced so much the charm of these accomplishments, was the delightful modesty which enabled him sicuro avoid offence con either act or word preciso others, for he was deferential puro the great men, modest with his equals, and courteous sicuro his inferiors. These gifts made him beloved, not only by all the Guinigi family, but by all Lucca. When Castruccio had reached his eighteenth year, the Ghibellines were driven from Pavia by the Guelphs, and Messer Francesco was sent by the Visconti to assist the Ghibellines, and with him went Castruccio, sopra charge of his forces. Castruccio gave ample proof of his prudence and courage per this expedition, acquiring greater reputation than any other captain, and his name and aspirazione were known, not only sopra Pavia, but throughout all Lombardy.