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April blood : Florence and the plot against the Medici

Author: Lauro Martines
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the worldʼs leading historians of Renaissance Italy brings to life here the vibrant - and violent - society of fifteenth-century Florence. His disturbing narrative opens up an entire culture, revealing the dark side of Renaissance man and politician Lorenzo deʼ Medici. On a Sunday in April 1478, assassins attacked Lorenzo and his brother as they attended Mass in the cathedral of Florence. Lorenzo scrambled to
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lorenzo de' Medici; House of Medici; Medici, Familie; Pazzi, Familie; House of Medici; Lorenzo de' Medici
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lauro Martines
ISBN: 0195152956 9780195152951 9780195176094 019517609X
OCLC Number: 50960657
Description: xviii, 302 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Conspiracy --
Social Climbers --
Profile: Manetti --
The Pazzi Family --
Profile: Soderini --
Enter Lorenzo --
April Blood --
Assaulting the Body: 'Cannibalism' --
A Soldier Confesses --
Raging: Pope and Citizen --
The Pazzi Cursed --
Profile: Rinuccini --
Lorenzo: Lord and Citizen --
The Bottom Line.
Responsibility: Lauro Martines.
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