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The Soderini and the Medici$
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Paula C. Clarke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229926.001.0001

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The Final Equilibrium

The Final Equilibrium

(p.233) 9. The Final Equilibrium
The Soderini and the Medici

Paula C. Clarke

Oxford University Press

The last ten years of Tommaso Soderini's life illustrate the fruitful collaboration finally established between Lorenzo de' Medici and the other leading figures of the Florentine regime. While Lorenzo's will predominated, Tommaso and the rest of the maggiori exercised a measure of discretion that allowed full scope to their skill and experience. Lorenzo was careful to satisfy their ambitions and not offend their susceptibilities. The constitutional balance, which had to a degree been forced on the principal citizens, worked effectively to the mutual advantage of both sides, and both were prepared to accept it, despite the element of latent resentment and distrust. The measure of Tommaso's commitment to Florence's political tradition was proved by the careers of his and Dianora Tornabuoni's sons. Despite their early association with the Medici, they continued to take an independent line in politics, and in the end, to revolt against Lorenzo's son Piero.

Keywords:   Lorenzo de' Medici, Dianora Tornabuoni, Medici, Florence, Tommaso Soderini

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