April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Mediciby Lauro Martines
Pub. Date: 12/16/2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo de' Medici and his brother as they attended Mass in the cathedral of Florence. Lorenzo scrambled to safety as Giuliano bled to death on the cathedral floor. April Blood moves outward from that murderous event, unfolding a story of tangled passions, ambition, treachery, and revenge. The conspiracy was led by one of the city's most noble clans, the Pazzi-but the web of intrigue spread through all of Italy. Bankers, mercenaries, the Duke of Urbino, the King of Naples, and Pope Sixtus IV all entered secretly into the plot. The failed assassination doomed the Pazzi. Medici revenge was swift and brutal-plotters were hanged or beheaded, innocents were hacked to pieces, and bodies were put out to dangle from the windows of the government palace. April Blood offers us a fresh portrait of Renaissance Florence, where dazzling artistic achievements went side by side with violence, craft, and bareknuckle politics. At the center of the canvas is the figure of Lorenzo the Magnificent-poet, statesman, connoisseur, patron of the arts, and ruthless "boss of bosses." This extraordinarily vivid account of a turning point in the Italian Renaissance is bound to become a lasting work of history.
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Table of Contents
|4||The Pazzi Family||62|
|8||Assaulting the Body: 'Cannibalism'||138|
|9||A Soldier Confesses||150|
|10||Raging: Pope and Citizen||174|
|11||The Pazzi Cursed||197|
|13||Lorenzo: Lord and Citizen||221|
|14||The Bottom Line||251|
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It was moderately dense, but still enjoyable and very informative. I had trouble keeping track of everyone the book covers, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Overall, I don't regret spending money for a copy of my own and would recommend April Blood to both history and government buffs.
First and foremost, I absolutely love Italian Renaissance. In my college Humanities class, when talking about Dante Alighieri and his Commedia, the teacher proposed the idea of furthering our understanding of Italian culture throughout the years [antediluvian through 15th century]. Intrigued, I sped to Barnes and Noble and bought this book. I was ridiculously elated at how in depth Lauro Martines is in his research of the Italian Renaissance. The brutality between the warring factions is unbelievable! Martines is a genius in engaging his audience and his words flow unblemished. Even if you're not a fan of Italian Renaissance, this book is still an excellent read for its malicious accounts of historical figures in Italy. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unstoppable perusal!