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Author Simonetta, Marcello, 1968-

Title The Montefeltro conspiracy : a Renaissance mystery decoded / Marcello Simonetta.

Imprint New York : Doubleday, ©2008.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    945.05 SIM    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xv, 251 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-238) and index.
Summary The Italian Renaissance is remembered as much for intrigue as it is for art, with papal politics and infighting among Italy's many city-states. The attempted assassination of the Medici brothers in Florence in 1478 is one of the best-known examples of the machinations of the age. While the assailants were the Medici's rivals, the Pazzi family, questions have always lingered about who really orchestrated the attack. Five centuries later, Marcello Simonetta, working in a private archive in Italy, stumbled upon a coded letter written by Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, to Pope Sixtus IV, containing proof of a power grab by the Pope for control of Florence. Montefeltro, long believed a close friend of Lorenzo de Medici, was in fact conspiring with the Pope to unseat the Medici. Their failure changed the course of Italian and papal history.--From publisher description.
Contents Part I: Winter 1476-Spring 1478 -- Milan is for murder -- Overly cautious -- Nothing unsaid -- The invisible hands -- Eliminate them! -- Part II: Spring 1478-Summer 1482 -- Florence is for fear -- Extreme measures -- dt Lives at stake -- Traveling south -- Resting in peace -- Part III: The Sistine Chapel and Botticelli's Spring -- Ominous ends.
Subject Pazzi Conspiracy, 1478.
Italy -- History -- 15th century.
Medici, Lorenzo de', 1449-1492 -- Adversaries.
Medici, Giuliano de', 1453-1478 -- Adversaries.
Sixtus IV, Pope, 1414-1484 -- Political activity.
Federico, da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, 1422-1482 -- Political activity.
Italy -- History -- 15th century -- Sources.
Botticelli, Sandro, 1444 or 1445-1510 -- Themes, motives.
Politics in art.
ISBN 9780385524681

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