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 historical past, even though, alterations greatly after we concentration no longer on his ultimate years yet on his broad occupation as a Medici favorite and constant financier. on the courts of the Medici popes he furthered the grandiose schemes of Leo X and Clement VII and accrued a private fortune of mythical measurement. Dr Bullard's research reassesses Strozzi's position in Renaissance historical past and considers the extra basic difficulties of paper economic system and battle finance, and Florentine political lifestyles, within the early 16th century. It files the problematic monetary ties among Florence and the papal courtroom, and Strozzi's key position as a manipulator of the city's public money to pay for papal wars.

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105, 130. Galeotto served as depositor from December 1514 to June 1515, Otto, Cond. , 11, fols. 59, 78. Piero Parenti, fol. 130, cited also in Hilde Reinhard, Lorenzo von Medici, Herzog von Urbino (Freiburg, 1935), p. 68, note 169. Anzilotti, pp. 95-97; Piero Parenti, fol. 130, reported that of all the citizens the grandi were the most upset that a man from the subject town of Pistoia should presume to govern them. Devonshire Jones, Francesco Vettori, pp. 145,165. Already in October 1521, ottimati were expressing their disdain for Passerini.

Myron P. Gilmore (Florence, 1972), p. 307. ), Negociations diplomatiques de la France avec la Toscane (Paris, 1859), I, pp. lvii-lviii and Demetrio Marzi, La cancelleria della Repubblica fiorentina (Rocca S. Casciano, 1910), p. 775. Molho, Florentine Public Finances, pp. 164-166 discusses the role of the Died in financing war in the early fifteenth century. 38 Filippo Strozzi's Florence the same functions, but was in name less tied to Medici institutions. After the restoration of the Medici in 1512, they suppressed the Died, and they reconstituted the Otto in 1514.

Marks, 'The Financial Oligarchy in Florence under Lorenzo,' Italian Renaissance Studies, ed. E. F. Jacob (London, i960), pp. , vol. 112 (1954), 40-72; Antonio Anzilotti, La crisi constituzionale della Repubblica Fiorentina (Rome, 1969), pp. 18-19. Rubinstein, The Government of Florence, pp. 199-203; Marks, ' T h e Financial Oligarchy,' pp. 123-127, 140-141. 34 35 The lists of Monte officials for our period are in Tratte, 84 and in the surviving books of the Entrate e Uscite del Provveditore del Monte, Monte Comune, 2292, 2293, 2287, 2099, 2132, and 2036.

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