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Relations with Florence and the Activities of Tommaso Portinari

in Charles the Bold and Italy (1467–1477)

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780853238386
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846312809 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9780853238386.003.0003
Relations with Florence and the Activities of Tommaso Portinari

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This chapter discusses Charles the Bold's relations with the republic of Florence — and with the successive heads of the city's de facto ruling family, the Medici, Piero (1464–1469) and his son Lorenzo (1469–1492) — which were different from those he maintained with the other major secular powers of Italy. It also examines the career of Tommaso Portinari, the manager of the Bruges bank during the reign of Charles the Bold, who was one of the most prominent of the many Italians who frequented his court, and, because Florence accredited no ambassador to Burgundy, occasionally served in a quasi-diplomatic capacity on behalf of the republic or of the Medici.

Keywords: diplomatic relations; Medici; Italy; Tommaso Portinari; Charles the Bold

Chapter.  16157 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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