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Church and Politics in Renaissance Italy

The Life and Career of Cardinal Francesco Soderini, 1453-1524

Church and Politics in Renaissance Italy

The Life and Career of Cardinal Francesco Soderini, 1453-1524

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£41.99

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521529358
Number of Pages: 332
Published: 05/09/2002
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
This book examines the life of Cardinal Francesco Soderini (1453-1524) from a variety of perspectives and using a range of techniques. It analyses the relationship between Machiavelli, Piero and Francesco Soderini, and reinstates the crucial role played by Rome and contacts with Rome in late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-century Florentine politics. Soderini's position as one of the chief powerbrokers of papal Rome, in opposition to the Medici, enables a reappraisal of political and ecclesiastical patronage and clientele systems. The cardinal also encouraged cultural, intellectual and building activities. Overall, through the book's collation of archival sources in and outside Italy, a new vision emerges of the lifestyle and activities of a learned and politically astute Italian cardinal.

K. J. P. Lowe (University of Birmingham)

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