Church and Politics in Renaissance Italy: The Life and Career of Cardinal Francesco Soderini, 1453-1524

Church and Politics in Renaissance Italy: The Life and Career of Cardinal Francesco Soderini, 1453-1524

by K. J. P. Lowe
     
 

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This book examines the life of Cardinal Francesco Soderini (1453–1524) from a variety of perspectives and using a range of techniques. It analyses the relationship between Machiavelli, Piero and Francesco Soderini, and reinstates the crucial role played by Rome and contacts with Rome in late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-century Florentine politics.

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This book examines the life of Cardinal Francesco Soderini (1453–1524) from a variety of perspectives and using a range of techniques. It analyses the relationship between Machiavelli, Piero and Francesco Soderini, and reinstates the crucial role played by Rome and contacts with Rome in late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-century Florentine politics. Soderini's position as one of the chief powerbrokers of papal Rome, in opposition to the Medici, enables a reappraisal of political and ecclesiastical patronage and clientele systems. The cardinal also encouraged cultural, intellectual and building activities. Overall, through the book's collation of archival sources in and outside Italy, a new vision emerges of the lifestyle and activities of a learned and politically astute Italian cardinal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521529358
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture Series
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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