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Florence in the Age of the Medici and Savonarola, 1464–1498

Florence in the Age of the Medici and Savonarola, 1464–1498

A Short History with Documents

Kenneth Bartlett

March 2018
Series: Passages: Key Moments in History - 192 pp.

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Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-62466-682-7
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Series: Passages: Key Moments in History


"A brief narrative overview of the mainly political history of Florence to the end of the fifteenth century that also offers an attractive collection of illustrative documents, aimed to engage student interest and discussion." —Melissa Bullard, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


"Bartlett cuts through the political complexities of fifteenth-century Florence to offer students an engaging and accessible narrative supplemented by a wide range of relevant primary documents. This story of a key turning point in Florentine history continues to have much relevance in our own society.” —Brian J. Maxson, East Tennessee State University

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Set within the context of the struggles in the Florentine Republic over the distribution of political power and the search for stability, Florence in the Age of the Medici and Savonarola, 1464–1498: A Short History with Documents illuminates a key moment of fifteenth-century Florentine history with a focus on the monumental personalities and actions of Lorenzo de’Medici and Fra Girolamo Savonarola.

 

Reviews:

"A brief narrative overview of the mainly political history of Florence to the end of the fifteenth century that also offers an attractive collection of illustrative documents, aimed to engage student interest and discussion."
     —Melissa Bullard, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Bartlett cuts through the political complexities of fifteenth-century Florence to offer students an engaging and accessible narrative supplemented by a wide range of relevant primary documents. This story of a key turning point in Florentine history continues to have much relevance in our own society.”
     —Brian J. Maxson, East Tennessee State University

 

About the Author:

Kenneth Bartlett is Professor of History and of Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto.

 


  

Contents:

List of Illustrations
Preface

Chapter One: Florence before the Medici

Chapter Two: The Medici Hegemony (1434-1494)

Chapter Three: Savonarola and Florence, the New Jerusalem (1494-1498)

Afterward

Documents

  1. 1. Guelfs and Ghibellines, 1347
  2. 2. Best Practices for Florentine Merchants in the Fourteenth Century
  3. 3. Excerpts from Ordinances of Justice, 1293
  4. 4. The Arrival of Walter of Brienne from Giovanni Villani's New Chronicle
  5. 5. A Merchant's Conscience from the Ricordanze (Memoir) of Gregorio Dati
  6. 6. The Demands of the Ciompi, 1378
  7. 7. A Letter from Piero de’Medici Representing the Medici Bank in Bruges Regarding a Papal Appointment of a Bishop
  8. 8. Pius II (Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini) on Cosimo de’Medici’s Character, Wealth, and Power
  9. 9. Leonardo Bruni’s Praise of the City of Florence
  10. 10. Timoteo Maffei’s Defense of Cosimo’s Patronage
  11. 11. The Plot against Piero di Cosimo, 1466, Described in the Diary of Luca Landucci
  12. 12. A Letter from Lucrezia Tornabuoni to Her Husband, Piero, Discussing a Prospective Bride for Their Son Lorenzo
  13. 13. Tumult in Florence, 1470, from a Letter from Alessandra Strozzi to Her Son Filippo, in Naples
  14. 14. Lorenzo de'Medici, the Magnificent, on His Expenses
  15. 15. The Sack of Volterra as Witnessed by an Exiled Volterran Poet
  16. 16. Angelo Poliziano's Description of the Pazzi Conspiracy
  17. 18. An Allegory of Lorenzo the Magnificent and Florence by Luca Pulci
  18. 19. Lorenzo de'Medici Writes a Letter to His Son Giovanni on Becoming a Cardinal
  19. 20. Lorenzo de'Medici as a Collector and Patron: Excerpt from Lorenzo’s Ricordi (Memoirs)
  20. 21. The Religious Culture in Florence before Savonarola
  21. 22. The Expulsion of the Medici as Described by the Diarist Luca Landucci
  22. 23. Savonarola’s Treatise on Florentine Government
  23. 24. The Faith of Christ is True, Because it Causes Men to Lead a Perfect Life
  24. 25. An Anonymous Florentine Prophecy with Fraticelli Mystical References
  25. 26. Laude (Song) from Early Fourteenth-Century Laudario of a Florentine Confraternity, the Company of Santo Spirito
  26. 27. Savonarola, Aggeus, Sermon 13, Delivered December 14, 1494
  27. 28. The Bands of Hope and the Expulsion of the Jews, 1496, from the History of Piero Parenti
  28. 29. The Pseudo-Fra Pacifico Burlamacchi on the Burning of the Vanities, February 7, 1497
  29. 30. Girolamo Benivieni, "Viva nei nostri cuori, o Florentia"
  30. 31. Savonarola’s Sermon of February 11, 1498, Delivered in Defiance of the Ban on Preaching Issued by Pope Alexander VI in May, 1497
  31. 32. The Examination, Execution and Burning of Savonarola and Two Disciples as Described by Luca Landucci in His Diary

Selected Bibliography
Glossary