For reasons of state: Political executions, republicanism, and the medici in Florence, 1480-1560

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Prior to the late fifteenth century in Florence, the losers of political conflicts routinely faced exile as punishment for their perceived crimes. Following the Pazzi conspiracy of 1478, however, such political criminals increasingly received death sentences rather than banishment. This article explores how the changing nature of punishment for political crimes in Renaissance Florence from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries can be read as a barometer of political change in the city. It examines the relationship between the growing number of political executions and the long transformation of Florence from a republic to a principality, with reference to the broader context of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy.

LanguageEnglish
Pages444-478
Number of pages35
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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Medici
Florence
Reason of State
Republicanism
Crime
Punishment
Banishment
Conspiracy
Italy
Exile
Principality
Political Change

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Copyright 2009 The Renaissance Society of America. Published by University of Chicago Press. Orgininally published in Renaissance quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 2, pp. 444-478. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

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