Guardians of Republicanism: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance [NOOK Book]

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Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and intellectual history of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by focusing on five generations of the Valori family, each of which played a dynamic role in the city's political and cultural life. The Valori were early and influential supporters of the Medici family, but were also crucial participants in the city's periodic republican revivals throughout the Renaissance. Mark Jurdjevic examines
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Guardians of Republicanism: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance

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Overview

Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and intellectual history of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by focusing on five generations of the Valori family, each of which played a dynamic role in the city's political and cultural life. The Valori were early and influential supporters of the Medici family, but were also crucial participants in the city's periodic republican revivals throughout the Renaissance. Mark Jurdjevic examines
their political struggles and conflicts against the larger backdrop of their patronage and support of the Neoplatonic philosopher Marsilio Ficino, the radical Dominican prophet Girolamo Savonarola, and Niccolò Machiavelli, the premier political philosopher of the Italian Renaissance. Each of these three
quintessential Renaissance reformers and philosophers relied heavily on the patronage of the Valori, who evolved an innovative republicanism based on a hybrid fusion of the classical and Christian languages of Florentine communal politics. Jurdjevic's study thus illuminates how intellectual forces-humanist, republican, and Machiavellian-intersected and directed the politics and culture of the Florentine Renaissance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191607097
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/6/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Jurdjevic was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He earned a BA from the University of Toronto in 1996 and a PhD in early modern European history from Northwestern University in 2002. Between 2002-2004, he taught at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches early modern European history. He has published articles in Renaissance Quarterly, Past and Present, English Historical Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and is currently writing a study of Machiavelli's later political thought.

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Table of Contents

The Valori Family Tree

Scipione Ammirato's Valori Family Tree

Introduction: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance 1

1 Francisco Valori and the Savonarolan Republic 19

2 Marsilio Ficino and the Valori Family 46

3 The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco il vecchio 63

4 The Valori family and Luca Della Robbia's Vita di Bartolomeo 96

5 The Valori Self-Portrait Under the Medici Grand Dukes 124

6 The Last Portraits of the Valori Family 144

Conclusion: The Valori Family in Florentine Historiography 167

Bibliography 175

General Index 193

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