https://s3-euw1-ap-pe-df-pch-content-public-u.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/9780429292354/3abb420d-80da-4aed-a9cf-ae5c42b997f9/content/ifig0001.tif"/>Galeazzo Maria was twenty-two years old when he be came duke of Milan. As a boy he had been a pretty and precocious child. In 1452, when Frederick III journeyed to be crowned emperor in Rome, he stopped at Ferrara, to which Duke Francesco sent a delegation to offer diplomatic courtesies to him. It was headed by Galeazzo Maria, then aged eight, under the watchful eye of his uncle Alessandro, Lord of Pesaro and a famous condottiere in his own right. The boy delivered a Latin oration to Frederick “as long,” wrote his proud uncle back to Francesco, “as two chapters of St. John’s Gospel. One would have thought that he was listening to a practiced orator of thirty, and he is but eight years old.”