Perceived Insults and Their Consequences

Margery A. Ganz

in Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928220 | DOI:
Perceived Insults and Their Consequences

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This chapter discusses a conflict between families within the Medici party that illustrates a crucial turning point in the history of the Medici regime. It investigates the public and private behavior of Agnolo Acciaiuoli and Dietisalvi Neroni, the two real leaders of 1466, and Medici behavior toward them during the years preceding the attempted coup. It explores the way the Medici could be perceived to have insulted their closest allies and friends during the last years of Cosimo's life and the first years of Piero's reign. Piero di Cosimo de' Medici had not yet and never was to earn the right to be seen as a revered paternal figure the way Cosimo had been. The death of Cosimo liberated many among the Medici amici from their allegiance to the family. The events of 1464–66 taught the Medici an important lesson: it was dangerous to appear to share power with anyone.

Keywords: Medici party; Agnolo Acciaiuoli; Dietisalvi Neroni; Cosimo; conflict; power; family

Chapter.  8854 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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