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The Soderini and the Medici$
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Paula C. Clarke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229926.001.0001

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The Origins of the Soderini–Medici Bond

The Origins of the Soderini–Medici Bond

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(p.14) 1. The Origins of the Soderini–Medici Bond
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The Soderini and the Medici
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Paula C. Clarke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229926.003.0002

This chapter traces the origins of the Soderini–Medici bond. The first section examines how the Soderini become involved with the Medici. With Niccolò Soderini's failed assassination of Niccolò da Uzanno, Soderini seeked the help of da Uzzano's political opponents — the Medici and their supporters. Events indicated that the Medici partisans supported Soderini's cause in order to make political capital against their oligarchic opponents. Niccolò Soderini's appeal to the Medici group succeeded in protecting him from the consequences of his political vendetta and earned him powerful friends. The second section considers the Soderini brothers' involvement in the electoral controls of the regime. The presence of Niccolò and Tommaso on the winning side in 1434 enabled them to enjoy active political careers that involved them in the institutional controls introduced by the new regime. By the mid-1440s, the political sympathies and principles of the brothers were starting to diverge.

Keywords:   Niccolò da Uzzano, Tommaso Soderini, Niccolò Soderini, Medici, electoral controls

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