By Mark Jurdjevic
Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and highbrow background of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by concentrating on 5 generations of the Valori kin, every one of which performed a dynamic function within the city's political and cultural lifestyles. The Valori have been early and influential supporters of the Medici kinfolk, yet have been additionally an important members within the city's periodic republican revivals through the Renaissance. Mark Jurdjevic examines their political struggles and conflicts opposed to the bigger backdrop in their patronage and help of the Neoplatonic thinker Marsilio Ficino, the novel Dominican prophet Girolamo Savonarola, and Niccol? Machiavelli, the optimal political thinker of the Italian Renaissance. every one of those 3 imperative Renaissance reformers and philosophers relied seriously at the patronage of the Valori, who developed an cutting edge republicanism in keeping with a hybrid fusion of the classical and Christian languages of Florentine communal politics. Jurdjevic's research therefore illuminates how highbrow forces-humanist, republican, and Machiavellian-intersected and directed the politics and tradition of the Florentine Renaissance.
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18 Introduction The ﬁfth chapter returns to the private papers of the Valori, examining a collection of documents gathered by Baccio that consider the relationship of the family to the Medici and the larger role of the family in Florentine history. The sixth and ﬁnal chapter contrasts two seventeenth-century histories of the Valori, the ﬁrst a markedly Savonarolan and republican interpretation by the Dominican friar Silvano Razzi and the second a skilful reinterpretation of the family’s traditions as essentially pro-Medicean by the court historian Scipione Ammirato.
Rubinstein (1960), 160–1; Weinstein (1972), 259–61. ⁷⁰ Rubinstein (1954), 153. ⁷¹ Cooper (1985), 72. ⁷² Cooper (1985), 74. 36 Francesco and the Savonarolan Republic of accoppiatori. Less than a year later, however, Francesco Valori, an outspoken defender of rule by accoppiatori, emerged as the leader of the Savonarolan following that had been his ﬁrst successful opponent. After the failure of accoppiatori rule, Valori must have developed a keener appreciation of the necessity of popular support in addition to formal political control.
At the close of 1494 and early 1495, the oligarchs began to compete among each other for political inﬂuence, splintering their party and ⁷³ Valori recognized the political potential of Savonarola, much as the Medici had before 1494. Lorenzo and Piero de’ Medici immediately appreciated the potential in Savonarola’s religious reforms for their political ambitions. Lorenzo Polizzotto has argued that Savonarola’s success in separating the Dominican convent of San Marco from the jurisdiction of the Lombard Congregation, often seen as ﬁrst evidence of his lofty reforming initiative, was merely the culmination of a plan begun by Lorenzo and carried on by Lorenzo’s son Piero.
Guardians of Republicanism: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance by Mark Jurdjevic