And something of the same sort is what happened in the case of the great emperor Charles V and a gentleman in Rome.
But many thought, and I thought so too, that it was special favour and mercy which Heaven showed to Spain in permitting the destruction of that source and hiding place of mischief, that devourer, sponge, and moth of countless money, fruitlessly wasted there to no other purpose save preserving the memory of its capture by the invincible Charles V; as if to make that eternal, as it is and will be, these stones were needed to support it.
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Charles V was also called Charles the Wise. He kept a large library of books translated into French so that his counselors could read them.
The expulsion took place and I pocketed 600,000 francs the day Charles V. repassed the Bidassoa.