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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 in Florentine Historiography

The Valori Family in Florentine Historiography

(p.167) Conclusion: The Valori Family in Florentine Historiography
Guardians of Republicanism

Mark Jurdjevic (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The conclusion integrates the book's various arguments and findings into the larger historiography on Renaissance Florence and Renaissance political culture. In particular, it considers the influential arguments of Hans Baron, J.G.A. Pocock, and Quentin Skinner, who have all advanced related arguments about the nature, function, and linguistic structure of Florentine republican thought. The conclusion engages and qualifies a number of their points, asking the hitherto unexamined question of how a Florentine elite family understood and responded to humanism and republican thought, rather than exclusively studying humanists and republican theorists, who, though undoubtedly significant, tended not participate in the political life of the Florentine city‐state. It argues that the activities of the Valori family, both in terms of intellectual patronage and actual political policies pursued, constituted a distinctive style of republicanism based on an innovative fusion of classical thought and Christian thinking.

Keywords:   Hans Baron, Quentin Skinner, J.G.A. Pocock, Florentine republicanism, early modern political thought, civic humanism, hybrid republicanism

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