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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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Opposing Political Paths

Opposing Political Paths

(p.38) 2 Opposing Political Paths
The Soderini and the Medici

Paula C. Clarke

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The settlement of 1444 constituted a turning point not just for the Soderini, but for the regime as a whole. When it was clear that the controls were to be used to shift the locus of political power, opposition against them became more widespread. This involved a further elaboration of the partisan institutions used since 1434 and a confirmation of the leading citizens' power was due in large to committed citizens, such as Tommaso Soderini. During the latter 1440s and 1450s, he emerged as a major figure in these political struggles, as his attachment to the Medici and his own political ambition made him a leading exponent of the restrictive institutions against which a rising chorus of criticism was by being heard by then. Medici and their friends were forced to battle against Niccolò and his ‘popular’ current for political survival.

Keywords:   Medici, political ambition, Tommaso Soderini, Soderini, Niccolò Soderini

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