" Consider how little difficulty the king would have had in maintaining his reputation in Italy if he had observed the aforesaid rules, and kept a firm and sure hold over all those friends of his, who being many in number and weak, and fearful, one of the Church, another of the Venetians, were always obliged to hold fast to him; and by whose aid he could easily make sure of any who were still great."

Chapter 3 Of Mixed Monarchies, line 44.