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Pazzi conspiracy

(pät`tsē), 1478, plot against Lorenzo de' MediciMedici, Lorenzo de'
, 1449–92, Italian merchant prince, called Lorenzo il Magnifico [the magnificent]. He succeeded (1469) his father, Piero de' Medici, as head of the Medici family and as virtual ruler of Florence.
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 (Lorenzo il Magnifico) and his brother Giuliano, designed to end the hegemony of the Medici in the Florentine state and to enlarge papal territory. It was instigated by Pope Sixtus IVSixtus IV
, 1414–84, pope (1471–84), an Italian named Francesco della Rovere (b. near Savona); successor of Paul II. He was made general of his order, the Franciscans, in 1464 and became (1467) a cardinal.
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, his nephew Gerolamo Riario, Archbishop Salviati, and members of the Pazzi family, a wealthy Florentine family that rivaled the Medici. Actually, the Pazzi were tools in the conspiracy, which aimed not only at the death of the Medici, but at the elevation of Riario to power in Florence. Details of the plot were worked out by Salviati and the Pazzi while Riario and the pope remained in Rome. On Apr. 26, during High Mass at the cathedral, Giuliano de' Medici was stabbed to death, while Lorenzo escaped with a wound. The enraged Florentines seized and killed the conspirators. The Medici remained firmly entrenched in power.
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One of the most daring was the Pazzi Conspiracy. The Pazzi were a noble Florentine family whose wealth and status had declined in the fourteenth century.
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Many Medici wives in Lucrezia's family were used as mediators and at times were forced to tacitly watch as their paternal houses were at war with their husbands and sons; Lucrezia Tornabuoni's daughter-in-law, Clarice Orsini, had her paternal household often at odds with the Medici, and her own daughter, Maria Bianca, was married to Guglielmo de' Pazzi, clearly a precarious marriage alliance given the Pazzi conspiracy which ended by taking the life of Giuliano.
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The novel provides a vivid picture of Italian life during this time, with the extreme and brutal violence of the Pazzi Conspiracy. This fictional account of Flora Pazzi brings another side of the Renaissance into focus, but may not be appropriate for younger readers.
For most historians, the significance of the Pazzi conspiracy lies in its violent aftermath.
In fact, after the Pazzi Conspiracy of 1478, in which Lorenzo was wounded and his brother murdered, mild Clarice underwent a change of character, suddenly becoming wilful and fractious.
In Chapter 4, Davie sets the continuation of Morgante and Ciriffo Calvaneo against the background of the Pazzi conspiracy of April 1478.