Signed coin, "Alexander papa VI manu propria subscripsi", countersigned by the Ambassador of Venice at the Court of Rome Andrea CAPELLO, the Milanese Cardinal Ascanio Maria SFÒRZA, and 3 notaries. "New Room" of the Vatican Palace ("in palatio apostolico in camera nova"), April 22, 1493. 1 p. on the front of an in-plano parchment leaf (76 x 53 cm), in the elegant writing known as cancelleresca italica, derived from the humanistic cursive, and in Latin language; restored slit slightly affecting the ornate initial. Transcription
partial with translation attached.
Treaty of the League of Saint Mark
"For the preservation and tranquility of all Italy... »
"( pro conservatione et tranquitate totius Italy )
TRIPLE ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE PAPACY, KITE AND THE REPUBLIC OF VENICE,
so between Pope Alexander VI, the Duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Maria Sfòrza and his uncle the Duke of Bari Ludovico Maria Sfòrza, de facto regent of the Duchy of Milan (traditionally known in France as Jean Galéas Sfòrza and Ludovico le More), and the doge Agostino Barbarigo. This alliance was later known as the League of Saint Mark, because it was proclaimed on 25 April 1493, the feast of Saint Mark, in the Roman church dedicated to this saint for the Venetians of Rome.
ALEXANDER VI PERSONALLY AFFIXED HIS SIGNATURE HERE, WHILE
THE OTHER TWO POWERS HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED BY EMINENT PERSONS
- THE SERENICE BY ANDREA CAPELLO (circa 1444-1493), then ambassador ("speaker") to
Rome, also procurator of St. Mark's and syndic, i.e. one of the highest administrators and magistrates after the Doge.
- THE DUTY OF MILAN BY CARDINAL ASCANIO MARIA SFÒRZA, who was Friar
of Ludovic the More. He had worked for the election of Rodrigo Borgia, and was then appointed as a reward Vice-Chancellor of the Holy See (head of the Pontifical Chancellery) and administrator ("legate") in part of the Papal States. He would, ho