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Filippo Strozzi and the Medici: Favor and Finance in by Melissa Meriam Bullard

By Melissa Meriam Bullard

Filippo Strozzi (1489-1538), the Florentine aristocrat and banker, is generally remembered for the dramatic exploits on the finish of his existence. pressured into exile, he turned an outspoken defender of the final Florentine Republic opposed to the tyranny of the city's new dukes. His position in Florentine background, notwithstanding, alterations tremendously once we concentration now not on his ultimate years yet on his huge profession as a Medici favorite and dependable financier. on the courts of the Medici popes he furthered the grandiose schemes of Leo X and Clement VII and amassed a private fortune of mythical measurement. Dr Bullard's learn reassesses Strozzi's position in Renaissance background and considers the extra basic difficulties of paper economic system and battle finance, and Florentine political lifestyles, within the early 16th century. It records the complex monetary ties among Florence and the papal court docket, and Strozzi's key function as a manipulator of the city's public money to pay for papal wars.

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9V, Florence, 14 March 1514. Lorenzo's mother Alfonsina had strongly recommended that Lorenzo keep his own man in Rome, O. Tommasini, La vita egli scritti di Niccolo Machiavelli (Rome, 1911), 11, 1008. , Ser. 1, fol. 9r and cited in Devonshire Jones, p. 122. 36 Filippo StrozzVs Florence then Goro Gheri took charge of the city. 65 Although Gheri basically shared the views of the amici about the Medici system of government in that he considered them necessary for the security of the state and therefore to be placated, tensions mounted between the secretary and the amici which enhanced their distrust of his power and his distrust of them.

Looked at from the standpoint of Florence, the economic opportunities provided by papal patronage tended to promote the polarization of wealth in the city, because patronage primarily benefited those aristocrats, mainly bankers, who were already wealthy and who had found favor with the Medici. From the standpoint of the Medici, the election of Leo X helped ensure the ottimatfs support for the regime in Florence. Until the financial connection between Florence and Rome was severely threatened, no leading aristocrat attempted to challenge Medici rule.

9r and cited in Devonshire Jones, p. 122. 36 Filippo StrozzVs Florence then Goro Gheri took charge of the city. 65 Although Gheri basically shared the views of the amici about the Medici system of government in that he considered them necessary for the security of the state and therefore to be placated, tensions mounted between the secretary and the amici which enhanced their distrust of his power and his distrust of them. In his correspondence Gheri often cautioned Lorenzo against those amici, especially parenti (relatives), whose too great ambitions threatened the state.

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