Governors and Government in Early Sixteenth-Century Florence, 1502-1519

Overview

When Piero Soderino was elected to the new office of Gonfalonier of Justice in 1502, he was faced not only with the problem of foreign invasions of italy but also with a controversial new constitution based on a Great Council of over 3,000 members. With the return of the Medici in 1512, the earlier constitutional order was restored—one that was far more oligarchical, and much less satisfactory, for many Florentines. This book provides a lively account of political alignments and decision making in these two ...

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Overview

When Piero Soderino was elected to the new office of Gonfalonier of Justice in 1502, he was faced not only with the problem of foreign invasions of italy but also with a controversial new constitution based on a Great Council of over 3,000 members. With the return of the Medici in 1512, the earlier constitutional order was restored—one that was far more oligarchical, and much less satisfactory, for many Florentines. This book provides a lively account of political alignments and decision making in these two contrasting governments, and analyzes the causes and significance of the Medici overthrow of the popular government of Soderino. Butters also reveals both the skills and shortcomings of the governments' leaders and the impact of the Medici pope, Leo X, on the city's affairs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198225935
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xvii
1 Florentine Politics and Society at the End of the Fifteenth Century 1
2 1502-1504: Soderini's First Year in Office 47
3 Power and Political Alignments 59
4 1504-1506: The Failures at Pisa and the Militia 83
5 1507-1509: The Imperial Problem and the Recovery of Pisa 115
6 1509-1512: The Council of Pisa and the Return of the Medici 140
7 From the Expulsion of Soderini to the Establishment of the Balia 166
8 1512-1513: The First Year of the Medici Regime and the Role of Rome 187
9 Lorenzo, Rome, and the Crisis of 1515 226
10 The Last Years of Lorenzo (1516-1519): War, Marriage, and Death 276
Conclusion 308
Appendices 313
Bibliography 322
Index 333
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