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Mundo escaped, but his postbag containing the letters he had received in five months, 47 9/37·38 about 50 in all, fell into the hands of the Sienese. The following are extracts from eight of these letters, discovered in the Ar· chives of Siena in the nineteenth century. They illustrate the preoccupations of Sigis· mundo's mind [cf. Analyst VII; Yriarte, 419423,396·397,443444,406407]. 50. Ex Arimino ... " This letter is written by Mat· teo Nuti of Fano, an architect whom Novello had lent to Sigismundo, and runs through to "roof and ...
He was one of the universal men of the century: inventor, astronomer, athlete, poet, sculptor, painter, and Latinist, but best known as an architect. He was a Florentine and Sigis· mundo is thought to have met him in Flo· rence in 1435. Alberti was under the patron· age of Pope Nicholas V and it was through the pope that Sigismundo was able to obtain Alberti's services. Alberti, however, had been recalled to Rome by his patron. 55. Sagramoro: Jacopo S. da Soncino, counselor and secretary to Sigismundo.
Piero is Piero della Bella, one of Sigismundo's officers. Vanni is Giovanni Malatesta, another of Sigismundo's sons. The anecdotes suggest that as the power of the pope increased, Sigismundo was gradually reduced to meaningless activity and worrying about passing on his estate and responsibilities. 20_ Sub annulo ... : ML, "Under the seal of . the pope, the palace and council chamber, once of the Malatesta... " The "z" sound and the elided "II" are supposed to reproduce Sigismundo's Romagnole accent.
A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound: Vol. I (Cantos 1-71) by Carroll F. Terrell