Although the book has dealt principally with the careers of only two citizens, it suggests more general conclusions regarding the nature of politics in fifteenth-century Florence. Tommaso Soderini's history confirms that the Medici consciously sought to build up a group of friends who would act as supporters and defenders of the family's political position. By furthering these citizens' political careers and their personal interests, the Medici were able to expect from them the gratitude and support that they desired. Meanwhile, the oath of 1449 demonstrates how members of the regime could define their goals and organise their action without any reference to the leading family of the regime. Thus, the history of Tommaso and Niccolò also shows the factors contributing to Florentine's political success and the complexity and variety inherent in Florentine politics.
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