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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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Parenti, Amici, Vicini

Parenti, Amici, Vicini

(p.123) 5. Parenti, Amici, Vicini
The Soderini and the Medici

Paula C. Clarke

Oxford University Press

The case of Niccolò and Tommaso Soderini suggests that fraternal rivalry played a role in the development of their political enmity, as jealousy developed over political success and acquisition of positions and power. Financial obligations also created strains, compounded by differences over political principle and alignment, leading eventually to a permanent rift. However, their lives were not entirely based on conflict. Initially, they enjoyed closed relations, as they lived and started their business careers together. Apparently, it was the crisis of 1465–6 that brought about the final break between the brothers. There was no indication that Tommaso tried to save Niccolò from the banishment to which he was condemned in September 1466.

Keywords:   Tommaso Soderini, Niccolò Soderini, fraternal rivalry, financial obligations, political enmity, political success

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