April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici

April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici

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by Lauro Martines
     
 

ISBN-10: 019517609X

ISBN-13: 9780195176094

Pub. Date: 12/16/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

One of the world's leading historians of Renaissance Italy brings to life here the vibrant—and violent—society of fifteenth-century Florence. His disturbing narrative opens up an entire culture, revealing the dark side of Renaissance man and politician Lorenzo de' Medici.

On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo and his brother as they

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One of the world's leading historians of Renaissance Italy brings to life here the vibrant—and violent—society of fifteenth-century Florence. His disturbing narrative opens up an entire culture, revealing the dark side of Renaissance man and politician Lorenzo de' Medici.

On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo 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 in time and space 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, financiers who feared and resented the Medici's swaggering new role as political bosses—but the web of intrigue spread through all of Italy. Bankers, mercenaries, the Duke of Urbino, the King of Naples, and Pope Sixtus IV entered secretly into the plot. Florence was plunged into a peninsular war, and Lorenzo was soon fighting for his own and his family's survival.

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. All remaining members of the larger Pazzi clan were forced to change their surname, and every public sign or symbol of the family was expunged or destroyed.
April Blood offers us a fresh portrait of Renaissance Florence, where dazzling artistic achievements went side by side with violence, craft, and bare-knuckle 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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ISBN-13:
9780195176094
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/16/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
667,893
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
Illustrationsxiii
Genealogiesxiv
Personaggixvii
Prologue1
1Conspiracy7
2Social Climbers25
3Profile: Manetti54
4The Pazzi Family62
5Profile: Soderini83
6Enter Lorenzo88
7April Blood111
8Assaulting the Body: 'Cannibalism'138
9A Soldier Confesses150
10Raging: Pope and Citizen174
11The Pazzi Cursed197
12Profile: Rinuccini214
13Lorenzo: Lord and Citizen221
14The Bottom Line251
Notes263
Bibliography282
Index293

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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!