Insiders and Outsiders

Alison Brown

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:
Insiders and Outsiders

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This chapter argues that exile did not lose its sting in the fifteenth century. The Medici adopted a new approach that targeted not just specific opponents but also the identity and power of entire families. Exile from an Italian city-state meant crossing the frontier between death and salvation both as a Christian and as a citizen. The Florentine Republic had long separated exiles from their families by encouraging wives and young children to remain in the city to protect their property — and the taxes they provided. Exiles did experience special fears when abroad, especially in the centers where they tended to congregate. Social and familial concerns, as well as economic ones, are the threads that contribute to the web of fear surrounding exile.

Keywords: exile; Medici; identity; power; families; Florentine Republic; death; salvation; Christian; citizen

Chapter.  17081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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