By Mark Jurdjevic
Guardians of Republicanism analyses the political and highbrow background of Renaissance Florence-republican and princely-by targeting 5 generations of the Valori family members, each one of which performed a dynamic position within the city's political and cultural existence. The Valori have been early and influential supporters of the Medici kinfolk, yet have been additionally an important individuals within the city's periodic republican revivals through the Renaissance. Mark Jurdjevic examines their political struggles and conflicts opposed to the bigger backdrop in their patronage and aid of the Neoplatonic thinker Marsilio Ficino, the unconventional Dominican prophet Girolamo Savonarola, and Niccol? Machiavelli, the most advantageous political thinker of the Italian Renaissance. every one of those 3 crucial Renaissance reformers and philosophers relied seriously at the patronage of the Valori, who advanced an cutting edge republicanism in line with a hybrid fusion of the classical and Christian languages of Florentine communal politics. Jurdjevic's research hence illuminates how highbrow forces-humanist, republican, and Machiavellian-intersected and directed the politics and tradition of the Florentine Renaissance.
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The Parenti were a relatively new family, quite wealthy and politically ambitious. Piero Parenti’s father, Marco, allied his family with the Strozzi in 1447 by marrying Matteo Strozzi’s daughter, Caterina. The Strozzi were among the most powerful opponents of the Medici, who had banished their most notable ancestor, Palla Strozzi. This rivalry ensured that the Parenti would accede to nothing more than minor positions under the Medici. Phillips (1987), 21–96. ⁵⁹ Parenti (1994), 151. Francesco and the Savonarolan Republic 33 their appointment as accoppiatori, Valori and Capponi had become divided, competing with each other for greater inﬂuence in the new government.
Guicciardini (1970), 75–6; Brown (2002). ²¹ Cerretani, (1994), 190. ²² It followed naturally therefore that he was initially a close associate of Piero de’ Medici after Lorenzo’s death. In September of 1492, the Council of Hundred appointed six ambassadors to honour Alexander VI’s election to the papacy. Both Valori and Piero de’ Medici were among the six ambassadors. ²⁵ According to Piero Parenti, the entire weight of the state lay in Piero and these nine men, who allowed Piero to rule through them but who also used him to preserve their own authority.
Aubenas (1957), 76–7, and see also Ercole (1930), 197–223. ⁸ Rubinstein (1960), 183. ⁹ Gilbert (1965), 11–28; Pampaloni (1961), 37. ¹⁰ More recent scholarship on the Great Council and the new Republic, however, tends to emphasize oligarchic continuity. ¹¹ In light of this recent scholarship on the limitations of Savonarola’s immediate political inﬂuence, my analysis of Francesco Valori’s career concurs with Guicciardini’s analysis—that Francesco was undoubtedly a convert to the friar’s moral and spiritual cause, but that he distinguished between that agenda and the friar’s political message.
Guardians of Republicanism: The Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance by Mark Jurdjevic