Filippo Strozzi and the Medici: Favor and Finance in Sixteenth-Century Florence and Rome

Filippo Strozzi and the Medici: Favor and Finance in Sixteenth-Century Florence and Rome

by Melissa Meriam Bullard
     
 

ISBN-10: 052108816X

ISBN-13: 9780521088169

Pub. Date: 10/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Filippo Strozzi (1489–1538), the Florentine aristocrat and banker, is usually remembered for the dramatic exploits at the end of his life. Forced into exile, he became an outspoken defender of the last Florentine Republic against the tyranny of the city's new dukes. His place in Florentine history, however, changes drastically when we focus not on his final

Overview

Filippo Strozzi (1489–1538), the Florentine aristocrat and banker, is usually remembered for the dramatic exploits at the end of his life. Forced into exile, he became an outspoken defender of the last Florentine Republic against the tyranny of the city's new dukes. His place in Florentine history, however, changes drastically when we focus not on his final years but on his extensive career as a Medici favourite and loyal financier. At the courts of the Medici popes he furthered the grandiose schemes of Leo X and Clement VII and accumulated a personal fortune of legendary size. Dr Bullard's study reassesses Strozzi's place in Renaissance history and considers the more general problems of paper economy and war finance, and Florentine political life, in the early sixteenth century. It documents the intricate financial ties between Florence and the papal court, and Strozzi's key role as a manipulator of the city's public funds to pay for papal wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521088169
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Filippo Strozzi's Florence; 3. Marriage intrigues; 4. Rise to favour; 5. Depositor general of the Apostolic Chamber; 6. War finance and Florentine public funds; 7. Financier to Clement VII; 8. Epilogue.

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