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John Hawkwood by Franco Sacchetti [1399] - Malleus Martialis Firenze
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John Hawkwood by Franco Sacchetti [1399]

Versione Italiana

Due frati francescani incontrano il condottiero e lo salutano dicendo:  

«Dio vi conceda la pace»

«E possa Dio portarvi via le vostre elemosine» risponde immediatamente Hawkwood.

I frati, sbigottiti chiedono chiarimenti, e il condottiero risponde:

«Come potete pensare di aver parlato bene quando voi vi avvicinate a me e dite che Dio possa lasciarmi morire di fame? Non sapete che io traggo le mie risorse dalla guerra e la pace vorrebbe dire la mia distruzione? E così come io vivo per mezzo della guerra, voi vivete per le elemosine. Cosicché la risposta che io vi diedi equivale al vostro saluto»



English Translation

Two franciscan friars meet the condottiero and they greet him saying:

«May God give you peace»

«And may God bring your alms away» John Hawkwood immediately answers back.

The friars, astonished, ask for a clarification, and the condottiero explains:

«How could you think you’ve spoken well, coming close to me and wishing that God let me starve to death?  Don’t you know that I draw my resources from war and peace would mean destruction to me?  And just as I live by war, you live by alms. So, the answer I gave you is equal to your greeting.»

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