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« Reply #465 on: April 28, 2012, 11:35:15 PM »

Response to Manzinni

Vittorio,
I appreciate your honesty. Indeed it is most unfortunate that these weapons might not be easily acquired anymore, either for you or me.
You seem to make a point of the goods getting to Rome safely. I assume you have had bad experiences with the transport of goods?

Do you have more details on this assault by Normans who used crossbows? What did they accomplish and how?

And I understand the training required to use these weapons is included in the offer, quality training at that?

Your friend,
Hugo De Vinti
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« Reply #466 on: April 29, 2012, 12:26:45 AM »

Anno Domini MCLIV
Spring has passed into Summer…
Summer in Rome is a time of unbearable heat, when the wealthy flee to country estates and the rest of Rome suffers in the stifling and malarial air.  The peasants must work regardless, mowing hay and weeding their gardens until it is time to harvest winter wheat and rye.  By the end of summer, the grain must be reaped, threshed, winnowed, and milled into flour.  The feasts of the Assumption of Mary and of St. Peter and St. Paul are celebrated in the summer, the latter especially important in Rome, the seat of Peter’s blessed heir.

Our Consuls: Fortis Calafatus and Roberto Basile
Our Pope: Anastasius IV
Our Rage: Simmering

This Season’s Top 5 Popular Issues

1. "The Emperor is coming!  Who will defend us?"
2. "Is it time to mend our fences with the Pope?"
3. "The Senators and their Courts are corrupt."
4. "Arnold of Brescia is a great man.  We should protect him."
5. ”All these riots are bad for business.”

News from Abroad

There are rumors of unrest in the Kingdom of Sicily, where the policy of the royal chancellor Maio of Bari has been to marginalize the nobles and towns in favor of aggrandizing royal power under the new King William de Hauteville.  Some observers wonder whether the son of the great Roger II will be able to keep these disgruntled factions in check as well as his father did.

It has been announced that Beatrice of Rethel, queen-consort of the late king Roger II of Sicily, is with child, having apparently conceived not long before his death.

The Arab geographer Dreses has completed a marvelous map of the world, more detailed and complete than any known before – or so say travelers from the court of King William of Sicily, whose recently deceased father commissioned the map in 1138.  The map is the centerpiece of Dreses’ book, called the Tabula Rogeriana (Book of Roger).

It is reported that a legate of the Greek Emperor has arrived in Ancona with a number of war-galleys; it is unknown if the Greeks are merely reinforcing the city in the face of German hostility, or trying to reign in the semi-independent city elders, who represent the last foothold of the Greeks in Italy.

News of Latium

The Papal Curia has moved this spring from Anagni to Tivoli, which has been rebuilt with the help of various noble and ecclesiastical magnates in the region, chief among them Bishop Otto of Tivoli.  The Frangipani family is rumored to be another substantial contributor.

The communes of Perugia and Assisi have gone to war yet again; scholars have lost track of how many times these central Italian rivals have faced off over territory and trading privileges.

The Roman Consul Fortis Calafatus has made a series of small raids into Farfan territory, devastating farms and villages.  Rumor has is that the Romans are simply trying to pressure the Abbey into making a more generous peace after the failure of their Reatini allies to capture a Farfan fortress.

News of Rome

Men come from far and wide to visit the shrines of Rome, but few come so far as Níkulás Bergsson, a Benedictine abbot from the distant isle of Iceland.  The great families of Rome have competed with each other to host Abbot Bergsson, who tells marvelous stories of his strange land and its people, who rule themselves as an island-wide commune with no king at all.  He is said to be compiling careful notes of his itinerary in order to write a text for pilgrims traveling to Rome from the far north.

A minor riot broke out in Pontis et Scorteclariorum during Holy Week, a result of a feud between local pilgrimage guides (typically just unemployed laborers who take pilgrims to various churches for a fee) and men of Senator Manzinni who were selling his handy “pilgrimage maps.”  The Senator’s men were eventually chased out of the district, though not before several people – including a pilgrim from Provence who got caught in the middle – were seriously injured.  Somehow, the riot spread to the slums of S. Eustachii et Vinea Teudemarii, and metamorphosed into a protest about “corruption” and the lack of alms for the poor.  The local merchants, panicked about any disruption of business on Holy Week, threw together a motley collection of off-duty militiamen and hired goons, who gleefully murdered nearly thirty protesting beggars and laborers until the march disbanded in terror.

More spectacular was the “Clerics’ Riot,” when on May 9th a group of disgruntled priests decided to petition the Senate.  They were complaining about the lack of funds to maintain their churches – while the major Basilicas could count on offerings from pilgrims and remittances from their Cardinals, most of the lesser churches in Rome are usually kept up by money from Papal coffers set aside by the Roman Prefect.  Since the establishment of the Commune, however, the office of the Prefect has not existed and the flow of Papal money into Roman churches has been spotty at best.  Humiliated by the shabby condition of their churches during this year’s Holy Week, the priests demanded to address the Senate.  When they were refused, on account of the fact that the Senate was not in session, they began shouting angrily and were soon joined by other priests, vicars, and laymen from other churches.  That afternoon, Rome was treated to the bizarre sight of a mob of cassocked and tonsured men marching from the Forum down the Via Lata.  They made stops at the estates of Signori Calafatus, DeRosa, and Colonna, waving empty alms bowls and lobbing rocks into walled courtyards.  They were joined by other rioters along the way who may have been less interested in church upkeep than the opportunity to riot and loot a few neighborhood shops.  One part of the crowd was addressed by Arnold of Brescia, who cautioned them against violence but also demanded that the “Great Republic” be wary of “apostasy” and that the sanctuaries of God should be maintained by the Senate in the absence of the “perfidious” and “usurious” Pope.  There were aftershocks of the riot on the following day, but with far less intensity, and by the evening of the 10th the streets returned to normalcy.

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Finances

Treasury: 9 WP
  • Defense Fund: 0 WP

Income: 2 WP
  • Duty, Patrician Pierleone: 1 WP
  • Tribute, Tre Fontane: 1 WP

Expenditures: 1 WP
  • Vigili Upkeep: 1 WP


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Still have stuff to do, letters and front page updates.  There are no map changes this round.  Let me know if I missed any orders or made any mistakes, as usual.
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« Reply #467 on: April 29, 2012, 03:20:03 AM »

A PAPAL BULL to the Roman Senate, Signore Capocci, the Rectors of Rieti, and the Abbey of Farfa

Dearest brothers in Christ, We have been made aware of the woeful manner in which the virtuous peasants of Sabina have been despicably plundered and harassed by knights and guastatori employed for the purpose of mutual ruin.  We remind all our brothers in Christ that the princes of the church and secular power must abide by the Word of God and respect the Peace of God which has been proclaimed by Our blessed predecessors for the virtue and salvation of all mankind.

We, therefore, do reaffirm and remind our brothers of the Peace of God; to wit, that those who rob the poor, or break into churches, or beat and harass the clergy, shall be made Anathema; and furthermore command our brothers to end the current strife that despoils Sabina, and to do this by the Feast of the Assumption [August 15], lest all parties suffer the sanction of the Holy Church and the denial of its promise of salvation in this world and the next.

ANASTASIUS, episcopus, servus servorium Dei

To Senator de Vinti

Honorable Signore,

I thank you for your offer of assistance.  I have been offered a great opportunity for the dual glory of God and Pisa, and only hope my modest talents will serve both well.  I have no doubts as to the talents of the sculptors of Rome, but the scholae of Pisa - that is to say, the guilds, signore - would certainly have my head for contracting out such work to foreigners.  As for the stone, which is what I shall require in greatest quantity, appropriate quarries have been selected.  I am informed that one of them is quite near your city, signore, though the details are in the hands of the captains and not myself.  I am sure they will require stonecutters and laborers on the site.  I encourage you to contact their representatives at Civitavecchia.

Magister Diotislavi

Hey, that map I mentioned in the Tabula Rogeriana?  It's a real book, centered on a world map that was probably one of the most accurate maps of the high Middle Ages, not to be outdone until the eve of the Age of Discovery.  The author was known as "Dreses" to Latin Christendom, but his actual name was Muhammed al-Idrisi, a Muslim scholar from Morocco who worked at the court of King Roger.  I thought you might enjoy seeing his map. (Note that this is actually the map turned upside-down - al-Idrisi made the map with south upwards and north downwards).

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« Reply #468 on: April 29, 2012, 08:29:45 AM »

Out of Character to Hugo-->

1."Do you have more details on this assault by Normans who used crossbows? What did they accomplish and how?"

I think it's on the first page with some history that Polycarp talked about. Normans sacked Rome about 40 years ago??

2. And I understand the training required to use these weapons is included in the offer, quality training at that?
From what I understand training isn't necessary. Polycarp explained (I think) that these are "foot crossbows" people lay down and pull the crossbows with their feet- they are not good for close combat, but for sieging a castle or being sieged.
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« Reply #469 on: April 29, 2012, 09:31:00 AM »

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Oh, ok thanks LD
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« Reply #470 on: April 29, 2012, 04:39:54 PM »

At the Lesser Council

Greetings signores,
Today I come before the Lesser Council because Rome is faced with a great situation. King Frederick I should arrive in the Eternal City shortly and His Holiness makes serious demands that we, as good Christians, cease all violence and plunder.
   
On one side, it is fairly easy for the Roman people to ignore the Pope’s request. On the other hand, it’s much more difficult if the German King, whose close ties with the Papacy we are well aware of, is to be at our doorstep. Most probably in the coming year, too. Should we decide to crush the enemies of Rome at the present time, there’s no telling what will come next, and we might, indeed, regret it.

What should we do? Being under the sway of Anastasius does not bode well for this ambitious council, and a prosperous Rome. But it seems like the only choice than can provide, if only temporarily, security to Romans.

Letter to Consul Roberto Basile

Dear Basile,
I write to you because I would like to know your stance on the Papacy. Are you of the opinion that we should let the Pope back into the city and in the Lateran Palace? It seems ridiculous to ask you this question, considering actions you have taken in the past, but you’re title means you would be responsible for taking such an important decision. And thus, I have come to you for an answer.

Your friend,
Hugo De Vinti

Letter to Consul Fortis Calafatus

Dear Calafatus,
I am quite confident that the pressure you entertain on the Farfans will prove rewarding. Really, it’s a shame that the Papacy had to put its nose into the matter.
In all honesty, should you decide to continue your efforts, I will be more than pleased to spare a few of my hired men-at-arms for the cause. They would, of course, be under your command for the duration of the mission.

I had written you a letter last season. It concerned giving our soldiers quality martial and military training. I hope you’ve received it? If yes, then a response would be great, for only when I am aware of your take on the matter can I truly go into more details. And as I said, I’m pretty sure we can both benefit from such a venture. Not only us but the Roman people too.

I meant to ask you what is going to be your response to the Papal request. Temporarily halting military campaigns could ease tensions during the German King's stay in the Eternal City, but I fear we'd lose all the progress we've made thus far. Certainly a ploy by the Pope and his allies to weaken us. Besides, I'm not truly sure about Frederick's power so far south of his seat of power.

Your friend,
Hugo De Vinti
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« Reply #471 on: April 29, 2012, 05:19:29 PM »

Before the Lesser Council

I do not begrudge his holiness the rights to his own within the city and his duties to bring the glory of god to all within our fair city. If he were to return in peace I would welcome such a chance to mend fences and find closure amongst the Christians of Rome. However, I am of a mind that the governance of the city and of the people, being a worldly matter (even if done in a godly fashion) should rest with the people and not the papacy. The senate should remain in control regardless. Should the pope return I am sure none amongst us would spurn any advice he were to give us but it should remain as such, advice. To each his own duties, to the senate the betterment of Rome and to the Pope the guidance of Christians everywhere.
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« Reply #472 on: April 29, 2012, 06:04:15 PM »

Arnold addresses the Masses

Our bishop, good Anastasius, has taken temporary leave from rolling in heathen gold and Greek silks long enough to write us a letter – yes, he has deigned to tell our Senate, the seat of our great city, that we must have peace with Farfa, that den of tonsured robbers and sodomites who fatten themselves on the labor of the people, who pray to their treasures and spurn Christ!  The Pope comes to the house of the Latins and tells them they must cease persecuting the burglar who even now turns over his furniture looking for loose silver!  This must not surprise you, for as you know, there is honor among thieves, and who knows thieves better than that king of thieves, that prince of usurers, who calls himself the heir of Saint Peter yet lies beneath the dignity of the meanest of laborers?  I say, you Romans – yes, I submit humbly to you that the Romans must never submit to the tyranny of avaricious bishops, who conceal extortion and poverty in the fine cloaks of righteousness and holy orders.  Such men have no power in Heaven – admit to them no power here on Earth!

The crowd goes wild… But wasn’t the Papal Bull sent to the Senate?  Some senator must have leaked it…
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« Reply #473 on: April 29, 2012, 06:36:14 PM »

Out of Character

* Locate a church in Ripe et Marmote of historical significance that may be in disrepair. Focus on one with important saintly relics. If one to my liking is located, spend 2 wealth renovating it and several shrines in the area, also interview the monks about historical information related to the churches and copy choice pages from their relevant books for a new project. (Vittorio is collating a collection of interesting and historically relevant pages). [Spend total of 2 wealth on the projects in this paragraph].

* Donate 1 wealth to the Senate's Coffers.

* Save 1 wealth.

* Where is Arnold of Bresica's Home Base?

I may have missed this, but did Pierleone respond to the University idea?
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« Reply #474 on: April 29, 2012, 07:37:45 PM »

Letter to the churches in need

Far be it from me, follower of the one and only Christ to shirk my obligations to his people. The large churches have survived from the charity of the Romans but do not feel that you are ignored. I am one man, but a man with means and I shall make of them as I can to insure that God's people are not denied the tools necessary for their work. As a token of my earnestness I give to you now of my own the sum of [1 wealth] that it might help see you through the darkness. Do not despair, do not falter. God is with us and as you do his work with you and I seek to be one with God in this matter. I will do what I can to insure that the houses of the righteous are maintained with honor. I give this letter and the attached wealth into the hands of Arnold of Bresica. I do not perhaps agree with him on things regarding the church. However, I trust his desire to help and his wisdom to share this wealth where it is needed most. I ask only that he will convey the contents of this message to all the churches along with my desire to help and a promise to make your voices heard before the senate.

Speech before the whole senate

There has been much strife of late. Yet let us not allow strife to come between us and our duties as Christians. The smaller churches of Rome are at risk of neglect and we must not stand for this. I would ask of the senate to look to its own wealth and give as each is able towards the upkeep of these houses of god. I have entrusted some of my own wealth to Arnold of Bresica. I know that some amongst us do not agree with him, I certainly am not in accord with some of his views. However, he has shown an honest desire to help and a pure heart towards the fair treatment of God's children. If the senate will provide of their own abilities and Arnold will see that the money is used where it is needed most I have no doubt that we can see that no holy place goes neglected.

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- Research into the wool processing industry paying special attention to spinning and dying techniques
- Do everything in my power to learn how to dye wool. If I have to bribe, promise, cajole, or otherwise, do it (use up to 1 wp as part of this). Ideally I would try to get one of the dyers from Trastevere if I can. If I have to promise protection, financial security, or anything else reasonably within my means to such a dyer I will do so. If I absolutely cannot get a dyer I will resort to subterfuge to learn how to dye (where they get the materials, how they use them, etc). If subterfuge is required use up to 1 wp instead on making sure it works and do my utmost to keep it under wraps.
- Send a person to Flanders and another to Florence to learn as much as they can about processing and spinning wool and any techniques that would be advantageous to know.
- Donate 1 wealth to be spread amongst the small local churches in need. The wealth will go to Arnold to share amongst the congregations as he thinks best. I will send some of my Masnada (preferably the more friendly and noble ones... the sons of friendly merchants, family members, and so forth) to protect the wealth and aid in its distribution.
- Pay Calafatus the 2 wp upkeep.
- Spend 1 wp to keep the work on the Rocca going.
- Invest another 1 wp into sheep.
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« Reply #475 on: April 29, 2012, 09:00:37 PM »

Letter to all Senatores Consiliarii and Usual Guests of my Parties

Dear friend,
This message is to inform you that I will not be holding a fete this year. As you may have noticed or heard, my estate is currently under renovation. Fear not, for next summer, I plan on hosting a great fete, greater than any before, and reveal my palazzo to you.

I am sorry for the inconvenience. I hope to see you in good health next summer!

Sincerely,
Hugo De Vinti

Letter to Representatives of Pisa in Civitavecchia

Greetings,
I have been informed by Magister Diotislavi, whose person was entrusted with the grand and humble task of building the Baptistry of the Pisan Cathedral, that you might be in dire need of laborers and stonecutters in the selected quarry near Rome.
   
My family, of whom you’ve maybe seen the works, has been in the marble business since as long as it can remember. I have many contacts, good ones at that, and I could fill your labour needs most easily. Of course, my men are highly skilled when it comes to such tasks.

I will wait for an answer on your part, but let me reiterate that my interest in this endeavor is high. I’m sure we can come to a conclusion that would benefit all parties and God.

Sincerely,
Senator Hugo De Vinti of the Republic of Rome

Summer, 9th Turn

- Keep funding the effort to drain the flooded lands in Pontis et Scorteclariorum and reconstruct the important economic structures, such as churches and important market squares. [Spend 1 WP on this, and keep using the tricks in the De Re Rustica]

- Send my Neapolitan agent back to Naples, again to attempt recruiting expert Flax workers. Also tell my agent about Eugenius III’s tomb miracles. He can boast that Rome is a safe place to work and be with your family, even with the threat of malaria, since the late Pope will cure any illness. Make clear that he must avoid the question of Frederick's coronation.

- Send my Gregoriopolitan agent back to Gregoriopolis to check on the situation. He will mainly be tasked to discover if there has been an increase in Pisan activity in the ruins of Ostia (perhaps suggested by their reaction when I sent a letter to the Pisan representatives in Civitavecchia), but also to report news, if there's any, of the people of Gregoriopolis. If there is anything else unusual, it should also be reported.

- Make an effort (mainly through the use of spies) to determine the percentage (estimate I guess) of senators that are favorable to Arnold's philosophies and those who are favorable to the Pope. It would be especially interesting to know who leaked the Papal Bull to Arnold, and determine if this person has many friends in the senate, and out of it, sharing his views. [Remain extremely discreet about this]

- Send an agent to Civitavecchia to investigate the activities of the Pisan representatives. The main goal is to get a clue as to where the "selected quarry near Rome" is located, but any information that could be of interest to Rome, like prospects of economic gains or political gains, would help. [The agent, who obviously leaves after I have received my report from the messenger I sent, will spend his time in Civitavecchia in weekly intervals, staying a week there and coming back here for one, and so forth, until summer passes into autumn]


Flax Cultivation

- Make sure that the equipment that my Flax workers use is never broken or in mediocre state. Also, to keep the morale of my Flax workers high, buy sweet oranges from Roberto Basile, and sweet delicacies from the most renowned food merchants of Rome to be distributed among them during the entire season. I will also visit them a few times during the summer to entertain talks and hear what they have to say, staying alert on possible investments I should be making to boost income.[Spend (Invest) 1 WP on this]

- I will invest into the acquisition of more lands (adjacent to the ones I already possess) for the purpose of cultivating Flax. [Spend (Invest) 3 WP from my Savings]

Armed Force

- Maintain my 50 Heavy Infantry [Pay the 1 WP upkeep on this]

- (Since it was going to take a year to have all my men fully equipped when I had 100, will these 50 men's equipment be complete this season?)

- Make my men available for Consul Fortis Calafatus to use as he wants, except for battling Pisans and plundering their infrastructure.
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« Reply #476 on: April 29, 2012, 11:28:54 PM »

In the Senate

Senator Sismondii's call for donations meets with very little enthusiasm.  Some senators rise subsequently to ask why the consuls do not pay for such things out of the city treasury instead of begging the senators for money.

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Where is Arnold of Bresica's Home Base?

He doesn't have one - he lives as a beggar, preaching from neighborhood to neighborhood.  He sleeps wherever he is welcome and eats whatever is donated to him.  He owns nothing save his clothing and his staff.  In general, however, he is found in Rome's poorest and most densely populated neighborhoods.

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I may have missed this, but did Pierleone respond to the University idea?

Nope, I missed it.

To Senator Manzinni

Senator,

While the promotion of learning is undoubtedly an honorable goal, I do not believe learned teachers will be attracted to the city as long as the specter of Frederick hangs over our heads, and so I will postpone any decision on materially supporting it until a later date.

Patrician Giordano Pierleone

To Senator De Vinti

Your messenger to the Pisans at Civitavecchia informs that he has delivered your message to the men in charge of the Pisan quarter there, but they did not provide an immediate response.  He reports that they seemed surprised, perhaps even "dismayed" by the arrival of a letter from a Roman senator, and the officials he met with quickly excused themselves to other business once the message had been delivered.  Your messenger cannot explain this behavior, but can only observe that your interest did not seem at all welcome.  When they intend to send a response, if ever, is unclear.
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« Reply #477 on: April 30, 2012, 12:20:06 AM »

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In the Senate

Senator Sismondii's call for donations meets with very little enthusiasm.  Some senators rise subsequently to ask why the consuls do not pay for such things out of the city treasury instead of begging the senators for money.

Before the Senate

Oh I'm deeply sorry gentlemen I wasn't aware that you were all so poor that you could not afford to support the lord's church. Strange though it seems to me that you seem so well fed or richly clothed for poor men. What then will I tell the hard working brothers and sisters of our own churches? That their senators are unwilling to aid them in their time of need? That the senate eagerly accepts the rewards of leading Rome but refuses the obligations? Surely not! Come now, I did not ask this of you as a senator I asked it as a Christian. Certainly there is money in the treasury and I am sure that the good Consul's would see fit to release some of it for the good of the church. That is not the matter at hand now. The matter is that those brothers and sisters that see to the houses of God within our city have come to us requesting assistance of us as Christians and it is our duty to see that they are not neglected. Surely you would not say that all of you lack the means to give even a single copper coin to the cause. Such a selfish denial of funds to the brotherhood of Christ is unbefitting of the senate and I am sure that even both The Pope and Arnold would be in agreement that such a thing is despicable before the lord!

*Senator Sismondii stares down the senate with righteous indignation in his eyes*
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« Reply #478 on: April 30, 2012, 05:07:19 AM »

To the senate

I have sent a team of learned men out to scour the city to find suitable locations to establish large cisterns. This team of individuals has found many such locations from across the city. I will freely share my findings with fellow senators if they so choose. Additionally, as I mentioned last session, I will be donating money for the establishment of one such cistern. However, if we are ever to have a large cashe of safe drinking water we must rebuild the Aqua Virgo. This aqueduct was vital to ancient Rome's growth and success and so too should it become once more. This project will take many years to complete and cost a sizable sum, however, the benefits far outweigh those costs. I do not propose to simply ask for donations, though they are always welcome, rather I propose we apply a 5% tax upon all linen and silk brought into the city, a 5% tax on the sale of linen and silk based products within the city's territory as well as a 5% tax on the sale of meat and alcoholic products during Lent. These taxes are quite reasonable and will see, over the course of several years, the flowering of much of the funds needed to begin re-build the Aqua Virgo.

The next matter of business I wish to bring up is the state of our city's churches. As Senator Sismondii has pointed out, many are in a state of disrepair and need immediate attention. I personally will be overseeing the continued renovation of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. I urge every senator to pick a church (or three) within the city and see to it that that church is repaired and made beautiful once more. Rome must project an image of wealth and prosperity and dilapidated churches are anathema to such a goal.

To Manzinni

Good friend,

I have tasked a small collective of learned men with finding a suitable location for our university. They have suggested the Forum or Capitoline hill as the best locations. Of the two, I believe the Capitoline hill is the superior option. I propose we also construct a cistern close to our university to ensure that it will always have fresh water, as it is a fair distance from the Tiber.

- Senator DeRosa

To The King of Sicily

To his most gracious lord, the King of Sicily,

I am Senator Domenico DeRosa from Rome. I am an avid scholar and am looking to help spread the wealth of knowledge to a wider audience. However, the process of constructing books is very much time consuming and difficult. I have sent this courier to your wondrous and prosperous city in an effort to discover the ways in which the proud people of Sicilily (as well as the Arabs, Saracens and Moors) craft books. My hope is that your highness would allow his scholars and artisans the ability to teach my courier , and his retinue, your highness' Kingdom's book crafting ways. Additionally, I have allotted a modest sum of money to the courier with the hopes of acquiring copies many of the more obscure books and manuscripts that your highness' Kingdom may possess. Finally, I would like to say that if your highness requires any dealings with the Eternal City, I shall strive to serve as a just and proud advocate for your highness' endeavors.

Your friend and ally,

Senator Domenico DeRosa of Rome

Orders

- Begin preparations for a large unveiling party for my Chapel set to be held during autumn, including acquiring food, drink and decorations. Spend 1 wealth on this, obviously not buying meat until closer to the unveiling (don't want it to spoil). I will spend another next turn.
- Investigate the Salt industry in Rome, as well as how Salt is produced inland.
- Spend 1 wealth to purchase a larger herd of sheep and/or goats (which ever is cheaper) to use to create vellum for books, have them live in and around my house outside the city. 
- Send a courier to Polermo with 3 Wealth to give to Calro Molin, who will be tasked with finding out everything the Sicilians know about book crafting, as well as acquiring copies of obscure books and manuscripts AND delivering my message to the King, or some one important.
- Send Paolo Moro to Milan and find out the leader's disposition towards Rome, as well as how likely they are to go to war with the Germans. 
- Hire an artisan to oversee the renovation of the Basilica of St. Marry, spend 1 wealth over the course of the next year's worth of turns, more will be spent as necessary/requested. Remind him that he is free to take statuary and marble from any ruin he pleases.
- Scout out good locations (i.e. cheap and dry locations to found the university on the Capolitine Hill, preferably some place historic and nice, such as near the Santa Maria in Aracoeli (though the executions will have to be moved else where if the university is to be built near there).
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« Reply #479 on: April 30, 2012, 05:08:34 AM »

At the Senate, after Sismondii's Speech

Senator Hugo De Vinti stands up and claps his hands, as a sign of support and agreement to Sismondii's views and speech.
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