Governments, thieves, scientists, treasurer hunters, historians and despots of all kinds would crave his skill.
The profits of his inroad were reaped by despots, who used the Ghibelline prestige for the consolidation of their own power.
Gian Galeazzo, partly by force and partly by intrigue, discredited these minor despots, pushed his dominion to the very verge of Venice, and, having subjected Lombardy to his sway, proceeded to attack Tuscany.
They gradually entered into the spirit of their age, assumed the style of despots and made use of the humanistic movement, then at its height, to place themselves in a new relation to Italy.
Having become despots, the popes sought to establish their relatives in principalities.