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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 Self‐Portrait Under the Medici Grand Dukes

The Valori Self‐Portrait Under the Medici Grand Dukes

(p.124) 5 The Valori Self‐Portrait Under the Medici Grand Dukes
Guardians of Republicanism

Mark Jurdjevic (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The fifth chapter analyses the private papers of the Valori dating from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In particular, the chapter examines a collection of documents gathered by Baccio Valori that considers the relationship of the family to the Medici during key moments of political flux during the preceding century and that examines at a broader level the general impact of the family's traditions and activities on Florentine history. The documents continue to elaborate on the family's special connection to Savonarolan religion and politics and the family's distinguished and privileged role in the efflorescence of Neoplatonism in Renaissance Florence, but subtly recast the family's political past more in terms of friendship and alliance with the Medici than in the more clearly conflicting terms found in several members entries in the family diary.

Keywords:   Baccio Valori, Jean Bodin, Machiavelli, Medici Dukes, Duke Cosimo I, Battle of Montemurlo, 1537

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