He offers up the example of Giovanni delle Bande Nere
, Cosimo's father, as proof of Florentine prowess in arms, and he credits Medici patronage for the Florentine humanist tradition, specifically mentioning the work of Lorenzo il Magnifico, who "was the first after many years to recognize and appreciate nor only the sweetness and pleasantness of the Florentine language, but also its gravity and majesty." (77) His reference to the Florentine language, which he implicitly retraces to Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, telegraphs a grim signal to his fellow accademici, who are laboring to distinguish between the language of the Trecento masters and the Florentine of their own time.
Yet to this reviewer, the narrative's extended and glowing description of Cosimo's father, Giovanni delle Bande Nere
(35-36), and its reluctance to cast any shadow of blame for the Sack upon Charles V, suggest post-1527 embellishment and excision.