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Guardians of RepublicanismThe Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance$
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Mark Jurdjevic

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204489.001.0001

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The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco il vecchio

The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco il vecchio

(p.63) 3 The Valori Family and Machiavelli's Portraits of Francesco il vecchio
Guardians of Republicanism

Mark Jurdjevic (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter Three analyses the Valori family's friendship with Niccolò Machiavelli. It considers Niccolò Valori's political support of Machiavelli, their common fortunes following the restoration of the Medici and how those connections became reflected in Machiavelli's historical writings. It looks at a discrepancy between passages in Machiavelli's Discorsi and a small work entitled Nature di huomini fiorentini. In the former, Machiavelli interpreted Francesco, owing to his influential combination of ambition and power, as a potential problem for republican politics, an instigator of controversial policies and a lightning‐rod around which tension and conflict was naturally attracted; in the latter, written during a period of heightened Medici power, Machiavelli interpreted Francesco as a republican patriot who subordinated his private interests to uphold the common good of the republic at all times. The chapter argues that Machiavelli was attempting to downplay his ties to the Valori family and the republican associations that alliance implied.

Keywords:   Niccolò Machiavelli, Niccolò Valori, Discourses on Livy, Florentine Histories, Piero Soderini, republicanism, public indictments

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