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reached beyond the present day; and that day was most frequently disturbed by violence and tumult. In its utmost plenitude, the order or assembly consisted of fifty-six senators", the most eminent
of whom were distinguished by the title of counsellors; they were nominated, perhaps annually,
by the people ; and a previous choice of their electors, ten persons in each region, or parish, might afford a basis for a free and permanent constitution. The Popes, who in this tempest submitted rather to bend than to break, confirmed by treaty the establishment and privileges of the senate, and expected from time, peace, and religion, the restoration of their government. The motives of public and private interest might sometimes draw from the Romans an occasional and temporary sacrifice of their claims; and they renewed their oath of allegiance to the successor of St Peter and Constantine, the lawful head of the church and the republic f.
* Our countryman, Roger Hovedon, speaks of the single senators, of the Capuzzi family, &c. quorum temporibus melius regebatur Roma quam nunc (A. D. 1194) est temporibus lvi. senatorum, (Ducange, Gloss. tom. vi. p. 191. SENATOREs).
+ Muratori (dissert. xlii. tom. iii. p. 785–788.) has published an original treaty: Concordia inter D. nostrum papam Clementem III. et senatores populi Romani super regalibus et aliis dignitatibus urbis, &c. 440° senatus. The senate speaks, and speaks with authority : Reddimus ad praesens . . . . habebimus . . . . dabitis presbyteria . . . . jurabimus pacem et fidelitatem, &c. A chartula de tenementis Tusculani, dated in the 47th year of the same aera, and confirmed decreto amplissimi ordinis senatus, acclamatione P. R. publice Capitolio consistentis. It is there we find the difference of senatores consiliarii and simple senators, (Muratori, dissert. xlii. tom. iii.
OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
The union and vigour of a public council was dissolved in a lawless city; and the Romans soon adopted a more strong and simple mode of administration. They condensed the name and authority
of the senate in a single magistrate,or two colleagues;
and, as they were changed at the end of a year, or of six months, the greatness of the trust was compensated by the shortness of the term. But in this transient reign, the senators of Rome indulged their avarice and ambition; their justice was perverted by the interest of their family and faction; and as they punished only their enemies, they were obeyed only by their adherents. Anarchy, no longer tempered by the pastoral care of their bishop, admonished the Romans that they were incapable of governing themselves; and they sought abroad those blessings which they were hopeless of finding at home. In the same age, and from the same motives, most of the Italian republics were prompted to embrace a measure, which, however strange it may seem, was adapted to their situation, and productive of the most salutary effects *. They chose, in some foreign but friendly city, an impartial magistrate, of noble birth and unblemished character, a soldier and a statesman, recommended by the voice of fame and his country, to whom they delegated for a time the supreme administration of peace and war. The compact between the
* Muratori (dissert. xlv. tom. iv. p. 64–92.) has fully explained this mode of government; and the Oculis Pastoralir, which he has given at the end, is a treatise or scrimon on the duties of these foreign magistrates.
governor and the governed was sealed with oaths
be urged against his government.
* In the Latin writers, at least of the silver age, the title of Potestar was transferred from the office to the magistrate :
Hujus qui trahitur practextam sumere mavis;
+ See the life and death of Brancaleone, in the Historia Major of Matthew Paris, p. 741. 757. 792. 797. 799. 810. 823. 833. 836. 840. The multitude of pilgrims and suitors connected Rome and St Albans; and the resentment of the English clergy prompted them to rejoice whenever the Popes were humbled and oppressed. +
task, had engaged him to refuse the honour of CHAP. their choice; the statutes of Rome were suspended, J: . and his office prolonged to the term of three years. By the guilty and licentious he was accused as cruel; by the clergy he was suspected as partial; but the friends of peace and order applauded the firm and upright magistrate by whom those blessings were restored. No criminals were so powerful as to brave, so obscure as to elude, the justice of the senator. By his sentence, two nobles of the Annibaldi family were executed on a gibbet; and he inexorably demolished, in the city and neighbourhood, one hundred and forty towers, the strong shelters of rapine and mischief. The bishop, as a simple bishop, was compelled to reside in his diocese; and the standard of Brancaleone was displayed in the field with terror and effect. His services were repaid by the ingratitude of a people unworthy of the happiness which they enjoyed. By the public robbers, whom he had provoked for their sake, the Romans were excited to depose and imprison their benefactor; nor would his life have been spared, if Bologna had not possessed a pledge for his safety. Before his departure, the prudent senator had required the exchange of thirty hostages of the noblest families of Rome; on the news of his danger, and at the prayer of his wife, they were more strictly guarded; and Bologna, in the cause of honour, sustained the thunders of a Papal interdict. This generous resistance allowed the Romans to compare the present with the past; and Brancaleone was conducted from the prison to the
the Capitol amidst the acclamations of a repentant people. The remainder of his government was firm and fortunate; and as soon as envy was appeased by death, his head, inclosed in a precious vase, was deposited on a lofty column of marble". The impotence of reason and virtue recommended in Italy a more effectual choice; instead of a private citizen, to whom they yielded a voluntary and precarious obedience, the Romans elected for their senator some prince of independent power, who could defend them from their enemies and themselves. Charles of Anjou and Provence, the most ambitious and warlike monarch of the age, accepted at the same time the kingdom of Naples from the Pope, and the office of senator from the Roman people #. As he passed through the city, in his road to victory, he received their oath of allegiance, lodged in the Lateran palace, and smoothed, in a short visit, the harsh features of his despotic character. Yet even Charles was exposed to the inconstancy of the people, who saluted him with the same acclamations the
* Matthew Paris thus ends his account: Caput vero ipsius Brancalecnis in vase pretioso super marmoream columneamt collocatum, in signum sui valoris et probitatis, quá reliquias, superstitiose nimis et pompose sustulerunt. Fuerat enim superborum potentum et malefactorum urbis malleus et exstirpator, et populi protector et defensor, veritatis et justitiae imitator et amator, (p. 840.). A biographer of Innocent IV. (Muratori, Script. tom. iii. p. i. p. 59 i. 592.) draws a less favourebie portrait of this Ghibelline senator.
+ The election of Challes of Anjou to the office of perpetual senator of Rome, is mentioned by the historians in the 8th volume of the cellection of Muratori, by Nicholas de Jamsilla (p. 592.), the monk of Padua (p. 724.), Sabas Malaspina (l. ii. c. 9, p. 8-8.), and Ricordano Malespini (c. 177.