Talk:Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
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Please see my note on the Discussion page for Ippolito
An event which might be true and might shed some light on the character of Alfonso. Talk:Ippolito d'Este makes it look like the coup against Alfonso was more than reasonable.
Continuing directly from there, the story continues ""Giulio then conspired with another brother, Ferrante, to kill Alfonso and put Ferrante in his place. When the plot was discovered, Ferrante knelt at Alfonso's feet to ask forgiveness. Alfonso struck him in the face with a staff and put out one of his eyes. Both he and Guilio were condemned to death but at the last moment the sentence was commuted to life-imprisonment. In the dungeon below the castle the two half-blind brothers dragged out their miserable existence, while up above the brilliant life of the court continued. Ferrante died, aged sixty-three, while still imprisoned, but Guilio lived on, to be liberated finally at the age of eighty-one by Alfonso II."
- Another version has it that thugs in the employ of Cardinal Ippolito d'Este carried out the assault, which Cardinal d'Este then denied. This is retailed in: Bradford, Sarah (2004): Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy. Viking]; and in: Maria Bellonci, Lucrezia Borgia, Mondadori Editore, Milan, 1998, (in Italian) I don't have access to either book, and so I can't see what their source(s) might be. But I wouldn't trust the anecdote without checking. --Vicedomino (talk) 00:40, 31 August 2017 (UTC)