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Governors and Government in Early Sixteenth-Century Florence, 1502-1519 - H. C. Butters

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

Hardcover Published: 3rd October 1985
ISBN: 9780198225935
Number Of Pages: 566

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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.

Butters has now filled the last remaining gap in the history of Renaissance Florence....His extensive and accurate knowledge of the politics of the period enables him to demonstrate the weaknesses of rival approaches....At last we have an accurate account of the political events and decisions of this period that Machiavelli and Vaglienti would be the first to tell us is the real stuff of history. * Journal of Modern History *

Abbreviationsp. xvii
Florentine Politics and Society at the End of the Fifteenth Centuryp. 1
1502-1504: Soderini's First Year in Officep. 47
Power and Political Alignmentsp. 59
1504-1506: The Failures at Pisa and the Militiap. 83
1507-1509: The Imperial Problem and the Recovery of Pisap. 115
1509-1512: The Council of Pisa and the Return of the Medicip. 140
From the Expulsion of Soderini to the Establishment of the Baliap. 166
1512-1513: The First Year of the Medici Regime and the Role of Romep. 187
Lorenzo, Rome, and the Crisis of 1515p. 226
The Last Years of Lorenzo (1516-1519): War, Marriage, and Deathp. 276
Conclusionp. 308
Appendicesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 322
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780198225935
ISBN-10: 0198225938
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 566
Published: 3rd October 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.88  x 3.53
Weight (kg): 0.51