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April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici

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A book by Lauro Martines

One April Sunday in 1478, assassins-with the support of a member of the Pazzi, one of Florence's leading families-killed a member of the ruling family of Florence, Giuliano de Medici, and wounded his brother, Lorenzo. In the hands of Martines, a professor … see full wiki

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Author: Lauro Martines
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Murder and Revenge

  • Feb 26, 2006
The "rule" of Lorenzo "the Magnificent" Medici in Florence was always fraught with danger. He was not a king or a high elected official, but he effectively controlled the city during his lifetime. This book details just one of the plots against him, and the one that came the closest to killing him and changing the government of the city. It failed, but Lorenzo's brother was murdered, and the revenge taken against the plotters and their helpers and members of their families was brutal indeed, even by the standards of a much more brutal age. The book is riveting when it talks of the plot and its aftermath, but there are long stretches about Renaissance banking and such that are just mind-numbing. These stretches are what kept me from giving this work 5 stars. Otherwise, it is an excellent read, and I recommend it!

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