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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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An Uneasy Truce

An Uneasy Truce

(p.210) 8. An Uneasy Truce
The Soderini and the Medici

Paula C. Clarke

Oxford University Press

Although Galeazzo Maria Sforza was wary of Tommaso Soderini, he fulfilled his promise to Sacramoro to do his best to confirm Tommaso in his commitment to the Sforza house. While Tommaso did his best to satisfy the Duke's expectations, he was not prepared to subordinate either Florence's interests to Milan's or his own to Lorenzo's. These factors contributed to moments of tension during his embassy, in which the Duke's and Lorenzo's suspicion regarding his reliability were revived. By serving Florence's interests independently, he could shore up his authority without having to rely on the Medici. Despite Lorenzo's and Tommaso's disagreements on policy, they collaborated effectively in the interests of the city and of the regime, since Lorenzo continued to satisfy Tommaso's ambition for the most powerful positions at home and abroad.

Keywords:   Florence, Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Milan, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Tommaso Soderini

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