Ruthless and ambitious like all his forebears, he started a new dynasty which proved to be both longlasting and remarkably effective. In any c I really did enjoy this book. It did include a nice bit of history on the status of women in the fifteenth century though, so for that I was grateful. He has written the most comprehensive account to date of that blood-drenched affair, describing the motivations of the conspirators, the role of contingency in the botched implementation of the plot, and the ferocity of the Mediceans in their reprisals against the Pazzi and their allies. The account of the attempted assassination of the of two Medici brothers – successful in the case of the younger brother Giuliano – was detailed enough without going into further specific two or three times removed from the events. Most of it is devoted to Lorenzo’s thirst for revenge. Customs – social, political and judicial – and the banking industry of medieval Italy are all seriously explored.

And by that I mean the plot against the Medicis, not Mike the Situation. Martines has already toughened our stomachs with an opening chapter on the gruesome cruelty meted out to later assassins. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Its Rise and Fall. If there is any fault to find in this otherwise excellent work, it is in Martines’ attempt to disentangle the complicated political and social world of 15th century Italy. In any case, I highly suggest it, it was very well written and researched and provided a lot of fantastic information. Quite as much went into politics, never more so than among the heavyweight politicians of Medicean Florence.

They had been heroes at the time of the Capture of Jerusalem, and had a coat of arms to prove it. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Four years after Lorenzo’s death, his son is hounded from the city, and another government, a theocracy under the madly pious monk Savonarola, is set up.


Lauro Martines, April Blood: Selected pages Page xv. Martines gives a balanced view of the events. But because the lifeblood of Renaissance Florence was composed of both politics and economics, we get a healthy dose of both. In marttines case, I highly suggest it, it was very mddici written and researched and provided a lot of fantastic information.

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May 05, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: Lorenzo scrambled to safety as Giuliano bled to death on the cathedral floor. Medici revenge was swift and brutal-plotters were hanged or beheaded, innocents were hacked to pieces, and bodies were put out to dangle from the windows of the government palace.

April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici

Furthermore, his narrative style and unique introduction to the subject, makes “April Blood” as accessible to the lay reader as to the scholar, and introduces the reader to a more multi-faceted portrayal of Lorenzo “Il Magnifico” than other works on the Italian Renaissance in general and Lorenzo as its greatest proponent in particular. He had an implacable way of getting others to do what he wanted by brooking no refusals.

Florence and the Plot against the Medici. Unfortunately, much of the time I HADN’T heard of the people, and this made parts of the book carry much less impact than the author intended them to. Open Preview See a Problem? Share your thoughts with other customers.

Project MUSE – April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici (review)

No trivia or quizzes yet. I enjoyed the book immensely. Assassinations in sanctuaries have inspired poets to fuse drama and history—why not a historian, especially one so distinguished and so unusually well-versed in Renaissance and modern literature?


April Blood lacks the rigor of his earlier works.

The author of Power and Imagination: In summary, on 26 April in the cathedral of Florence, a plan ,artines assassinate Lorenzo the Magnificent and his younger brother Guiliano was partially successful.

I am looking forward to reading more works by Martines, particularly his book on Fra Savonarola. April Blood moves outward in time and space from that murderous event, unfolding a story of tangled passions, ambition, treachery, and revenge.

September 30, First Lady Florence Harding David Pietrusza and Katherine Sibley talked about the life and influence of first lady Florence Harding and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Martines does a good job of giving background to the story and providing the reader with nice character sketches.

Add to collection s Add to saved. This only changed when Lorenzo started to regard his Pazzi relatives as rivals, ths view which made it necessary for him to marginalise them politically and to blod them socially. It was a real Game of Thrones in the Renaissance. Even if there had been survivors, the Medici had not yet established their Roman power base in ; without Lorenzo this might never have been achieved.

He was a learned man, skillful, brave, resourceful. Should Florence have successfully aril such a take-over, the leading families would have continued to compete, elections would have been a sham as before, and eventually one of the members of the Florentine oligarchy not necessarily the Pazzi might have taken the place of the Medici.

Politics–always a slippery slope–and Renaissance politics weren’t even that pleasant.