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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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(p.1) Introduction
The Soderini and the Medici

Paula C. Clarke

Oxford University Press

This work aims to show how politics worked in fifteenth-century Florence, and the factors that brought about the constitutional change for which the period was well known. These political changes consisted primarily of the rise of the Medici family to a position of predominance never before enjoyed by any Florence clan. The Florence constitution of the fifteenth century represented a compromise between groups within the city's society, and one which had repeatedly been remodeled throughout the city's history. The ability to call on foreign support was one of the important factors contributing to the Medici political success. The following pages investigate the careers of two brothers, Tommaso and Niccolò Soderini, who were partisans and enemies of the Medici at different periods.

Keywords:   Florence, Medici family, constitutional change, fifteenth century, Tommaso Soderini, Niccolò Soderini

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